FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience
The 2018 FestiGals Weekend will bring women of all ages and backgrounds together for an enjoyable experience that will feature authentic New Orleans activities, designed for women, by women. This is a special time here in New Orleans as we commemorate the Tricentennial of our city’s founding. Come make history with us as we celebrate YOU!!!
We have lots of a la carte events planned for this year’s celebration of women! View the full schedule at FestiGals.org.
Step Up Second-Line Parade
There are many events planed for the weekend. Join us in the city’s largest women’s second-line parade to STEP UP to stop domestic violence. We’ve assembled dozens of iconic Krewes and bands to lead the parade through the Vieux Carré to shine a light on domestic violence in the most New Orleans way possible—with our blinking boas, bras, beads and neon attire. You don’t need to be a woman to attend. You just need to be ready to celebrate all the wonderful divas, ladies, and gals of the world.
7PM-8PM: Pre-Party at The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture
8 PM: Step Up Second-Line Parade through the French Quarter
9PM-11PM: After-Glow Party at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Theater
2017 – Lucky #7! Our 7th year showcased New Orleans with exclusive home tours, hit a home run with Linda Alvarado, and let our Hearts Scream with actress Zoe McLellan!
2016 – The largest event to date. Highlights included: powerhouse Carla Harris, a Vudou Ceremony, dinner with Leah Chase, and the largest all women’s 2nd line parade!
2015 – Over 2,200 women participated in FestiGals 5th Anniversary, themed “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Journeys.”
2014- Dynamic speakers and bodacious fun attracted 1,500 women from 16 states and the greater New Orleans area to the fourth FestiGals.
2013 – The third FestiGals welcomed New Orleans native Rhonda Shear and James Beard winner Chef Tory McPhail
2012 – A memorable event with NBC’s Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb, Chef John Folse and Bodacious Bras for a Cause.
2011 – FestiGals inaugural event launched with Soledad O’Brien, fabulous parties and the first Stiletto Stroll.