Preparing for Chris Owens’ 37th Annual French Quarter Easter Parade

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Bittersweet preparations begin for Chris Owens’ 37th annual French Quarter Easter Parade, just a week after the city lost the undeniable icon.

“I love everything from start to finish,” Chris Owens said in a Fox 8 interview.

“She was really a hands-on person,” said longtime journalist and business executive Kitsy Adams. “When you have someone like Chris Owens getting into it and you know, I always say the ‘O’ in Owens, anything worth doing is worth doing too much. and that’s how she was, that’s how she lived life, bigger than life.

It’s the first time in 37 years that the effervescent entertainer won’t be at the helm, but Adams says she’s definitely still with her as preparations begin.

“She’s smiling at us, so it’s all going very well, incredibly, very upset, but very well, thank God,” Adams said.

It is significant for Adams to make this year memorable not only for his 36-year-old client, but also for her best friend.

“She has doves in her own yard and the doves were very special to her, so on her chariot when we get ready to ride at one o’clock we’re going to say a prayer and we’re going to have a moment of silence and then we’re going release doves,” Adams said.

Adams says there will be a mix of laughter and tears.

“The morning before she passed, she was strutting around in that hat and those nice shoes and working out,” Adams said.

Knowing how much this tradition meant to the Queen of Bourbon Street.

“You know what I really love about it, they have the kids all dressed in Easter finery and the adults and everything and we throw them little fluffy bunnies and that’s how they get everything. That’s just wonderful,” Owens said in a previous interview.

“It was very special for her to choose about 300 stuffed animals and with the kids in mind and it was a family day out,” Adams said. “That spirit was always on the move. She had a theme and in her mind and she was constantly creating, she was this visionary.

Plus, know how much it means to New Orleans residents of all generations.

“She was really nice,” Lily Hargrove, 9, said at Owens’ wake last week. “I pulled out two stuffed animals she had given me. It was fun, it was just about Easter and I loved it.

“We’ll pass 37, then we’ll start 38, the tradition will continue,” Adams said.

Thus, Owens’ indelible legacy will light up the neighborhood forever.

“She really cherished the city,” Adams said with tears in her eyes.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the corner of St. Louis and Royal in front of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel after brunch and the hat contest at 11 a.m.

After the parade returns, there will be more festivities and a silent auction at 2:30 p.m.

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