The pageantry, history and culture of New Orleans' Spring Fiesta will be on full display Saturday, with a new twist to the venerable French Quarter promenade.

What began more than 80 years ago as a way to entice visitors to the historic areas of the city (much like Natchez, Mississippi's pilgrimage), the Fiesta has morphed into a series of events that promote tourism, culture, architectural heritage and more.

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Catherine Zimmermann, 2023 Spring Fiesta queen

One of the highlights is the horse-drawn carriage parade and presentation of the annual court in the French Quarter, followed by the cotillion gala, "A Night in Old New Orleans."

The events begin at 2 p.m. with the parade starting at the Spring Fiesta Townhouse, 826 St. Ann St.

An addition to the parade this year will be Les Beaux Chapeaux, a walking group outfitted in elegant day attire similar to the togs worn at Royal Ascot or the Kentucky Derby.

Along the way, the procession will stop at Jackson Square for the promenade of the royal court. Queen Chloe Jewel Stowe will be joined by her court, Sonnet and Lyric Mandell, Anna Camille Bearden, Julia Elizabeth O’Dwyer, Skylar Rae Johnson and Mercedes Grace Lee Ohlmyer.

Gallants will include Joseph Warren Zimmermann, brother of the 2022 and 2023 queens Cecilia and Catherine Zimmermann, and Weldon William Wilson Jr. Flag bearer is James Beauregard Kessler. Jewel bearers will be Sebastian Rex and Enzo Alexander Longeretta and Joseph Nathan Wilson Jr. Royal guard will be William John Borne Curran.?Jerry Wayne Stowe, who is also president of the association and grandfather of the queen, will reign as king.

The gala, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Orleans Hotel, marks a return for the organization, and will include the presentation of the court.

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