Easter Parades 2019 French Quarter

The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade

The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade departs from Antoine’s Restaurant at 9:45 a.m. and rolls toward St. Louis Cathedral just in time for 11:00 a.m. mass on Easter Sunday, April 21.  After mass, participants return to Antoine’s to receive awards for best Easter attire and basket, among other things.

 

Chris Owens’ Easter Parade

It starts at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. with a Hat Contest, Silent Auction, and Entertainment. The parade begins at the corner of St. Louis and Royal, then continues down Royal to Canal to St. Phillip Street and ends at St. Louis and Royal Street at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

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20th Annual Gay Easter Parade

Starting at 4:30 p.m., horse-drawn carriages, floats, and riders in colorful costumes will parade through the French Quarter into the evening, stopping at gay bars and gay-owned restaurants and shops throughout the neighborhood.

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Parades, Irish/Italian 2019

 

Pace Yourself

Thu, March 14

Irish Channel block party – 1:00 p.m. starts on Magazine & Felicity at 1:00p.m.

The parade follows Noon Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church and is returning to a previous route following the completion of road construction on Louisiana Ave. The parade marches from Magazine St. to Jackson Ave., to St. Charles Ave., to Louisiana Ave., to Magazine St., and ending after turning river-bound on Jackson Ave.

Fri, March 15

Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Jim Monaghan’s parade rolls Friday (March 11) at 6:30 p.m. The parade takes its leave from Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur. St.), then the route will lead marchers down Decatur Street to take a right on Bienville Street, then take a right on Dauphine Street to loop past Erin Rose (811 Conti St.). They’ll march down Bourbon then finally take a right on Gov. Nicholls St. to return to Molly’s.

Sat, March 16

Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

3rd and Constance 10am to 8pm. Music, green beer, food and surprises. The start of the block parties on the day of the Irish Channel Parade.

Tracy’s Block Party 11 a.m. – ’til

Annual celebration in the Irish Channel – 2604 Magazine Street.  They are the party at the end of the Irish Channel Parade
Irish Channel Parade – 1:00 p.m.

The parade follows Noon Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church, and marches from Magazine St. to Jackson Ave., to St. Charles Ave., to Louisiana Ave., to Magazine St., and ending after turning river-bound on Jackson Ave.

Sun, March 17

Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.

The annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, proceeds up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, up Canal to Bourbon. The parade makes several “pit stops” on its way to Bourbon St
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd. – 12 Noon

The annual Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place at noon in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, goes down Severn to Metairie Road, then Metairie Road to the parish line.

Sat, March 23

Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade – 6 p.m.

The floats and Maids will start the parade at Canal Street and Charters at 6:00 p.m; the marchers will then follow. The only difference between the route for the floats and Maids and the route for the marchers is that when the floats and Maids turn onto St. Ann, they will proceed to Decatur Street and back to the Hilton Hotel instead of turning onto Royal Street like the marchers.

Sun, March 24

Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – 12 Noon

The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll at 12:00 noon, onVeterans Highway in Metairie.

Sat, April 6

Irish-Italian/Islenos Parade

The parade starts at 12noon along the W. Judge Perez route in Chalmette. It consists of 53+ floats, 35+marching groups 1,500+ members and 350,000 pounds of produce.

The Man in the Red Beret

The brilliant Troubled Men Podcast features the ever-present chess master Jude Acers. Acers is best known for playing against all comers in a New Orleans downtown gazebo while wearing a red beret. A longtime resident of Louisiana, he claims to have been the first New Orleans native chess master of comparable strength since Paul Morphy.

Acers in the French Quarter in 2011

He is also known for being a great showman, touring the country giving simultaneous chess exhibitions. He was twice the world record holder of having played the most opponents in a simultaneous exhibition. First against 117 opponents (1974, Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon), then against 179 opponents (1976, Mid Island Plaza, Long Island, New York). The records were certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

This podcast is exactly what you’d expect of Jude,  if you have ever heard him hold the floor in a convo. Its as New Orleans as it gets baby.

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Scandinavian Jazz Church closing

as reported on NOLA.com:

The church plans to continue with regular and special events through December, including the Scandinavia Festival, which takes place Nov. 2-3 this year, and its St. Lucia Celebration in December, according to the release. Jazz services will also continue on the first, second and third Sundays of each month, with a piano service on the fourth Sunday of the month. The church will also have a Norwegian service on Oct. 28.

The Scandinavian Jazz Church will officially cease operations Dec. 31. Mikalson said in the release the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer was not disclosed.

Golden Age of New Orleans Literature with Nancy Dixon

My pal and one of favorite storytellers and literary critics, Dr. Nancy Dixon was on Susan Larson’s Tricentennial Reading List this week. This whole series by Susan is magnificent. But start with “DoctorDix”

Nancy Dixon with Susan Larson

 

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Little Queenie

From singer Debbie Davis on FB 09/21/2018:

I have few words for this. My mentor, my confidant, cheering section, intellectual ninja, emotional gibraltar, musical beacon, one of my truest and bluest friends Leigh ‘Lil Queenie’ Harris is going into home hospice today…How we will ever tell her how much she did? How much it all meant? How grateful we are? How?
Goddammit. How.

 

2019 update from LH’s partner:

After the last entry’s set back on Leigh’s hydro issues she has, in the spirit of DST, sprung forward. Her core muscles are responding, and she is more able to hold herself upright from a sitting position. While she needs to hang onto something to stabilize herself, she can hold her spine straight. So, huge step forward – one of the basics to restoring her ability to walk.

 

A 2019 pic of our beautiful Leigh sitting in the NC sunshine:54233815_10156877766063617_1947335577846153216_n

 

2016 post:

Leigh Harris is a legend in the New Orleans music scene and a lovely, funny, fierce woman. Let’s show her how her home town loves her in her difficult time.

As of September 2018, the GoFundMe page has been joined by The New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation which now has a fund setup for Leigh Harris. They are a non profit, and donations to the NOMAF are tax deductible. The donations will help her family with the costs.

They will accept checks – mail them to:

New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation
1525 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Attn: Lizz Freeman, Donor Advised Funds

and include a note of “donation to the fund for Leigh Harris” on the check.

They also will accept credit card and paypal donations.