As we gather with family and friends today for Easter, it's important to realize just how different of an Easter we were having only a year ago, and to recognize how far we've come.

Clearly we've got a long way to go as we crawl back to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic, but seeing what Easter 2020 was like in the French Quarter is a jarring reminder of how different our lives were only 12 months ago.

Take this story from Easter last year for example. I mean, yikes!

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones.

(Original story from Easter 2020 below)

This past Easter Sunday, good ole Peter Cottontail skipped around and sang quarantine songs in a completely empty French Quarter in New Orleans...with a bottle of champagne...and a sword. I'm never going to recover mentally from this.

Normally, the Easter bunny shows up at Brennan’s Restaurant for their Sunday brunch and ceremoniously opens champagne with a sword. Not one to break tradition, Mr. Cottontail carried out this Easter routine, only nothing was open and the streets were completely empty.

Watching this video from of the Easter bunny wearing a mask, singing about a pandemic with a sword in hand feels like "The Purge".

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