thursday through saturday
Crescent City Classic 10K events
Saturday’s race from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to City Park is the highlight, but there are a bevy of events in association with this annual New Orleans run. The Fitness Expo at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is a free, two-day event with exhibitors, demonstrations, exercise classes and seminars, plus the chance to register or pick up registration for the race. Then, after the race at City Park, there is a Family FunFest with music, food, awards and “bon temps.” Expo: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; race: 8 a.m. Saturday; RaceFest: 8:30 a.m. Saturday. www.ccc10K.com.
Solid Gold Dance-Off
Some of the Crescent City’s favorite dancing troupes will compete for the coveted Golden Skate at this high-stepping event to benefit the Big Easy Rollergirls. Look for performances from the Disco Amigos, Gris Gris Strut, Nola Cherry Bombs, NOLA Nyxettes, Roux La La, the Star-Stepping Cosmonaughties and more. $20. The Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. www.bigeasyrollergirls.com.
Freret Street Festival
This Uptown locale enjoys a unique flavor that will be celebrated with music, food, vendors, crafts and activities for two- and four-legged attendees. Three music stages and more than 150 local vendors are expected. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Freret Street between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street. www.freretstreetfestival.com.
How about a helicopter ride for fun? It’s all part the plan at this event that will benefit local churches and charitable organizations. Also on tap: entertainment, pony rides, food trucks and children’s events, including an egg hunt. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Medal of Honor Park, 1292 Barriere Road, Belle Chasse. www.facebook.com/events/453702591450653/
Easter Parades galore
From the French Quarter to the 7th Ward, there are parades a plenty for Easter. The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade at 10:30 a.m. departs Antoine’s Restaurant at 713 St. Louis St. and heads to St. Louis Cathedral for 11 a.m. Mass, then spills into Jackson Square. Chris Owens’ Easter stroll starts at the Astor Crowne Hotel on the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets at 11 a.m., then heads down Bourbon at 1 p.m., looping through the Quarter to return to the hotel. Seal’s Class Act at 2169 Aubury St. at 1 p.m. features children and is a neighborhood event. The Gay Easter Parade, led by grand marshals Deja Deja-Vue and Johnny Passion, will roll at 4:30 p.m. from Armstrong Park and returns to Rampart Street, ending at GrandPré’s at 834 N. Rampart St.
“The Golden Age of New Orleans Brass Bands”
The Historic New Orleans Collection’s annual Bill Russell Lecture will feature commentary from Barry Martyn and performances by the Society Brass Band. Martyn will discuss three bands active from 1960-65. $10. 6:30 p.m., Historic New Orleans Collection, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 523-4662. www.hnoc.org.