Let’s get one thing out of the way: while it’s true that New Orleanians are a show-offy bunch, seizing any opportunity to dress up and strut through the streets, there is at least some historic precedent to our Easter parades. Anyone who learned about Easter in Sunday school probably also learned about Palm Sunday, which is when throngs of the faithful turned out to witness Jesus’s triumphal procession into Jerusalem. He may have ridden a donkey instead of a float, and the spectators may have clutched palm fronds instead of beads, but hey… it sounds a lot like a parade.
Anyway, all of that is to say that there’s no bad reason to throw a parade. However, parades do vary in terms of their aesthetics, cultural bearings and standards of etiquette. Read on to learn all about Easter parades, including when to go, how to dress, where to eat, and what to expect.