A busy weekend of Easter parades through the French Quarter will put New Orleans Police through their paces.
Preparations along parade routes have already begun.
The French Quarter is already full of energy.
And New Orleans Police are getting ready for that momentum to increase throughout the Easter Weekend.
There are three big Easter Parades set to run through the French Quarter. The Historical French Quarter parade... The Gay Easter Parade... and The Annual Chris Owens Easter Parade.
"One of the best in the country; none to compare for Easter parades," said Chris Owens.
"The crowds are thick with people, hundreds of people turn out and it gets very crowded on Decatur Street and Bourbon Street," Carl Mack said.
Costume Guru Carl Mack is outfitting the Southern Belles in Antebellum dresses.
"The dress of course gets a gigantic hoop skirt underneath it," Mack said.
We sat with the Grand Duchess. She promises a memorable experience as always.
"And we'd like to invite everyone to come out and see us," Chris Owens said.
"Music bands, big bonnets, lots of people in bonnets, dressed up beautifully for Easter, it's a very sweet family oriented parade," Mack said.
Commander Edwin Hosli says even though the parades are full of family fun, police are preparing to make sure things run smoothly to keep families safe.
"It's a flowing event."
There are dozens of road closures along the parade routes; but most are short term.
"So we'll block off some intersections until the parade passes and then we'll open them right back up," Hosli said.
So if your Easter Sunday travel plans bring you to the French Quarter and surrounding areas, police say expect delays.
"Be patient and you'll get where you need to be," said Hosli.
The Easter Parades begin at 9:45am and continue until 6:30pm.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times