Though New Orleans is busier than it’s been in a year, Easter had to go without our fabulous day of parades once again. Like with Yardi Gras’ house floats, some homes and businesses turned their places into festively decorated floats. Restaurants and churches were open for masked and distanced indoor seating. Our plans revolved around me wearing my fabulous new hat. A week or so ago, a package arrived with an Easter-bonnet-worthy hat in the hot pink and vibrant orange colors of my parade dance krewe, the Pussyfooters (about 100 women over-30 who dance in Mardi Gras and other parades and serve in non-profit events year round).
I haven’t had that many things to look forward to in the past year so I was thrilled to spend time thinking about what to wear the hat with and where I’d want to strut. The weather couldn’t have been more glorious – sunny and low 70’s. The French Quarter was crowded but I was one of the few women wearing a bonnet. It became clear that most of the crowd was visitors. We didn’t even spot one seersucker suit. Without the parades in the Quarter, locals had opted to stay in their own neighborhoods.
Some bars drew crowds of people wearing colorful wigs or bunny decorations. We did cross paths with a group that was dressed for parade day – giant bunny ears and DIY Easter bonnets, puffy cotton tails affixed to suits, etc. We all lamented over what wasn’t happening, and celebrated looking forward to next year. She may not have been able to host her multi-float parade, but we heard Chris Owens did make her way to the Uptown building that honored her with a house float.
We walked throughout the Quarter and eventually to Ruby Slipper so I could get a take-out brunch of insanely good Cochon Benedict. The “cochon” is pulled pork that’s been apple-braised overnight. That deliciousness sits on a giant buttermilk biscuit and it’s all topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Yum.
For an idea of our normal Easter festivities, click HERE.