Not your mom’s Easter parade

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Grand Marshals XII Elizabeth Bouvier & Gary Vandeventer

After you’ve gone to church, consumed the Easter ham and the children have filled their baskets with decorated eggs and mounds of chocolate, treat yourself to an alternative Easter tradition.

The 12th annual Gay Easter Parade takes to the streets at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, starting at Rampart and St. Ann streets. Grand Marshals Elizabeth Bouvier and Gary Vandeventer will lead a procession of paraders dressed in Easter finery and marching, riding in carriages, wagons, and trolleys through the French Quarter. Two bands will accompany 39 other parading units, making it the largest parade the group has ever held.

The parade benefits Food for Friends, a program of the NO/AIDS Task Force, and organizers hope to raise $20,000 through the parade and other events held during the year. The parade is presented by Ambush Mag, Louisiana State Gay Rodeo Association, Harrah’s New Orleans and Friday Night Before Mardi Gras. Money is raised through sponsors who pay as much as $1,000 to participate, a Pink Party/Eggstravaganza, Drag Extravaganza and more.

Press "read more" for parade route and map.

The parade route (see accompanying map) starts at North Rampart and St. Ann streets, proceeds to Bourbon Street, up Esplanade Avenue to Royal Street, goes St. Louis Avenue, back to North Rampart, on to Toulouse Street then Bourbon Street and ends at Orleans Avenue.

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