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Easter in New Orleans brings prayer, parades

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New Orleans, LA - Under a sky of blue, people in pastels packed St. Louis Cathedral.

Hymns filled the massive sanctuary where a standing room-only crowd listened to Archbishop Gregory Aymond deliver his Easter message.

When the service ended, the celebration hit the streets.

Easter Sunday is not only about faith in New Orleans, it's about fun.

People lined up to watch the 30th Annual Chris Owens Easter Parade roll through the French Quarter.

"It's nice," says Elizabeth Esparza of Kenner. "It's something totally different for Easter that most people just kind of do their own thing at home but when you don't have that or little kids, it's nice to come down here."

"We've been down here now for five years, every year," says Karen Hope of Baton Rouge. "I'm originally from South Carolina and this is great. It's just great."

Thousands of people spent the weekend in New Orleans, whether it was to celebrate the holiday or to take part in the Crescent City Classic.

That event brought out more than 20,000 runners and walkers.

"It's become a destination city for Easter so we're a good fit with all that goes on around the Easter holiday putting this race in the middle of it," says race director Eric Stuart.

Mavis Hamrick took a cruise out of New Orleans and returned in time to see the city celebrate Easter.

"Back home, we don't have that kind of stuff so I just think it's exciting and I went over to the church this morning, that was wonderful too," she says.

Whether it's a first time trip to New Orleans or a yearly tradition, Easter weekend is full of colorful memories.

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