Easter Bonnets on Parade in New York City 2012
The Annual Easter Parade
On Easter Day, after church services, there's a people's parade on Fifth Avenue, where you can show off your Easter bonnet and people will take pictures of you in your fabulous hat. If you've seen the movie, Easter Parade, with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, you know what i'm talking about. It's probably the only time that New Yorkers are willing to wear gaily-colored, over-the-top hats.
It's a very informal event. From 57th Street, New York City closes off Fifth Avenue through 49th Street, from car traffic to give people a chance to strut their stuff from 10AM until 4PM. People have been strutting for over 100 years -- not the same people mind you, but through the generations. How did it get started? No one really knows, but there are several churches in that area which are attended by prosperous people (the 1%) and for Easter, they would dress to the nines. After church services were over, the informal walk up and down Fifth Avenue was a chance to see and be seen in all their finery.
These days everybody joins in on the parade. You will find some really fabulous hats and all sorts of head gear. And there are several who really dress it up. Men dressed up in top hats and morning coats make a fabulous picture.
Some hats were political, others tell you what the wearer likes and others were just creations of wonder. The great thing about the Easter Parade is that most of the hats were home made and cleverly designed. There are some hats that are extreme, of course, but that's the picture that we want to take!
When you are wearing a fabulous hat, be prepared for lots of attention. In fact, if your picture shows up in the newspaper, that is a coup! Something to put in the scrapbook.
The Easter Parade is a great picture taking event. You can't really resist it because the hats you see are just something to behold.
Of course, the Easter Parade can become a family tradition where everyone participates.
And then there are hats that just strike your fancy.
After the parade, you can enjoy the decorations at Rockefeller Plaza on 49th Street. It's also dressed for Easter, complete with Easter eggs, Easter Bunny, and Easter Basket.
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