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The New Orleans St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade has poured its last bubbly.
This was not an easy decision. Both Jim and I have other projects we want to pursue, and we are starting to realize that one simply cannot do everything. We think you’ll agree that we’ve had a glorious run. 

For more than a decade, you’ve celebrated St. Catherine’s feast day with us, and we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all of your participation, creativity, love and support. 


St. Catherine's Day Parade 2012 Best hats Winners

HATS, HATS, HATS! — Create your own hat, or just add decoration to an existing hat. Click on any of the links at the bottom of the page to see examples of creations from previous years. There will be a wide variety of hats in our New Orleans version of the Catherinettes parade. If you have the time to make something special, that's great, but if not, just grab a pretty hat from your own closet — or a silly hat from your Halloween stash — and join us! P.S.: There's a prize for the Best Hat, and this year's winner will be next year's Grand Marshall.

HONOREES — The parade honors an unmarried woman named Catherine (or Katherine...we're flexible on the spelling). Last year's Best Hat winner, Aryanna Gamble (above), will lead the parade as Grand Marshall.

St. Catherine's Day hat Parade 2012-Grand Marshall and Catherinette

Archives: 2010 Parade Photos
George Long Photos
Jim Gelarden Photos
Lenny Caruso Photos
Anthony Posey Photos
Uptown Messenger Photos
Regine Boucard Photos

Archives: 2011 Parade Photos
Jim Gelarden Photos
Anthony Posey Photos (Color)
Anthony Posey Photos (Black and White)
Midori Tajiri Photos
Tom Langston Photos

Archives: 2012 Parade Photos
George Long Photos
Anthony Posey Photos
Gary Michael Smith Photos
Demetrious W. Mitchell Photos
Frank Stansbury Photos

Archives: 2016 Parade Photos
Jim Karam Photos

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St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade-Erica Avila

St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade-Cree Macree
St. Catherine's Day Hat parade 2012-Margarita-Bergen

PARADE ROUTE — Meet at 10 AM on the neutral ground at St. Charles Ave. and Pleasant St. The parade begins at 10:30 AM, walking down St. Charles, and making a series of right turns onto Washington, Prytania, Louisiana, and back onto onto St. Charles to the starting place. The route is less than 1 mile.

B.Y.O.B. = Bring Your Own Bubbly!
Our "Chevaliers du Champagne" tend coolers with ice to hold champagne (or anything else you bring) so we can celebrate at the end of the parade. Bring a bottle or two to share!

St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade 2012-Chevaliers de Champagne

LIVE MUSIC — Bart Ramsey and members of Zazou City accompanied the 2014 parade in a mule-drawn carriage. We already have them locked in for 2015! CLICK HERE for a preview of the sound.

St. Catherine's Day Hat Parade 2012-Zazou City

HISTORY — St. Catherine of Alexandria was an early Christian martyr. She is the patron saint of milliners, seamstresses and unmarried women. On the feast of St. Catherine (November 25th), French seamstresses, milliners and unmarried women (called Catherinettes, pronounced the French way: kat-reen-ette) parade the streets of Paris showing off unusual handmade chapeaux using the traditional colors yellow (faith) and green (wisdom). The hats range from pretty ... to silly ... to elegant ... to bizarre. We are recreating that event here in New Orleans.

For more information, contact Claudia Lynch at

Photos courtesy of:
George Long Photography
Anthony Posey
Jim Gelarden
Demetrious W. Mitchell
Gary Michael Smith
Midori Tajiri-Byrd

All photos copyright the artists.

Logo + Graphics by Claudia Lynch
Logo + Graphics ©2017 HatNola

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