After the bacchanal and revelry of Mardi Gras have ended and the beads have all been cleared off the streets, it means that the season of Lent is upon us. Over the course of 40 days, Christians take part in this season of preparation that lasts from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. This time period is often seen as one of sacrifice, as Christians seek to commemorate the suffering of Jesus on the cross. For some, this means giving up something they love, whether it be chocolate, alcohol, or even social media.
For others, this means abstaining from eating meat on Fridays, as a way to honor the sacrifice made by Jesus on the Friday he died. This particular Lenten custom has birthed a beloved tradition: the fish fry. Fish fries are community gatherings that feature meals of battered or breaded fish as a means to generate fellowship during the Lenten season, offering meat-free options to uphold the Friday fasting rule.
Churches all throughout New Orleans are taking part in this Lent tradition, and will be having fish fries every Friday until Holy Thursday. If you're interested in celebrating Lent and supporting local New Orleans churches, check out our list of upcoming fish fries in the area below!
Our Lady of the Rosary Church: 3368 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans
St. Gabriel the Archangel: 4700 Pineda St., New Orleans
All Saints Catholic Church: 300 Ptolemy St., New Orleans
St. Paul's Episcopal School and Church: 6249 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans
Christ Temple of New Orleans: 1300 Alvar St., New Orleans
St. Francis of Assisi: 631 State St., New Orleans
Knights of Columbus #2925: St. James Major Church, 3736 Gentilly Blvd.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Church: 3037 Dauphine St. New Orleans
St. Rita Catholic School: 65 Fontainebleau, New Orleans
St. Katherine Drexel Preparatory School: 5116 Magazine Street, New Orleans
Morris Jeff Community School: 211 S. Lopez Street, Mid-City
St. Pius X Boy Scouts: 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd, New Orleans
Brother Martin High School: 4401 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans
St. David: 5617 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans
Mater Dolorosa KC: 1230 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans
Good Shepherd Parish Knights of Columbus 3411: Blessed Pauline Center, 4219 Constance St, New Orleans
St. Andrews the Apostle Roman Catholic Church: Hall 3101 Eton Street, Algiers