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Being a woman is something to celebrate. So 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.



We're kicking things off on Conti Street with a pre-party at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture. The museum features an amazing array of Carnival costumes from the collection of Carl Mack, showcasing the rich history of Mardi Gras costumes in New Orleans. 
Raise your cups for our Pre-Party beverage sponsors!
Grab your besties and come glow with us! Follow the second-line bands, dance krewes and our lovely Grand Diva through the French Quarter! 
The parade ends and the party begins at Harrah's New Orleans Casino Theater, featuring entertainment by Groovy 7!
Get your glow-on with help from our After-Glow liquor sponsors:

Ready to STEP UP?

About the New Orleans Family Justice Center

The Step Up Second-Line Parade benefits the New Orleans Family Justice Center. The NOFJC has led the way in bringing together community-based domestic violence and sexual assault providers as well as criminal justice and law enforcement professionals to provide wrap-around and comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. 

Why We Step Up:

  • All unrestricted revenue raised by NOFJC goes directly to support services for children and adult survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault.

  • NOFJC’s co-location model is an internationally-recognized best-practice for survivors of trauma and violence. 

  • 1 in 4 women in LA will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and Louisiana ranks 2nd in the nation for female homicide.

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 77 men has experienced rape in her or his lifetime.

  • Nationwide, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner every day.

  • Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

  • Children exposed to violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs, and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.

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