NEW ORLEANS -- Across the French Quarter Sunday, it was another Easter filled with celebrations, from the unique and colorful to the reverent.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond presided over Easter services at St. Louis Cathedral Sunday morning, once again speaking out over the city's constant battle against violent crime.
However, Aymond told the overflow crowd that this holy day brings light to challenges facing the city, nation and world, as well as those impacting individual lives.
"When we might feel like a failure, when someone in our family disappoints us, when something is unstable in our lives, if there's an addiction -- it would be very easy to fall into fear and confusion and grief, but this is the feast of hope," Aymond said.
And for many Easter includes taking part in what has become a joyous tradition -- the French Quarter parades.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the famous Chris Owens parade rolled down Bourbon and Decatur Streets, delivering another Easter Sunday spectacle for thousands.
"This is our first time in New Orleans. We're from New York,” said Patti Hilber of Finger Lakes, NY. "And it's just awesome. The atmosphere, the vibrations are exciting, and we love it."
"It's a perfect day to spend with the family, get some food, watch the parade, walk around, take a picture by the river," said New Orleans resident Jamin Wells. "What could be better?"