The Easter Parade & Easter Bonnet Festival is a vibrant and spontaneous event that takes place every year in New York City. On Easter Sunday, Fifth Avenue (from 49th St to 57th St) is closed for traffic. The fun begins at about 10 am. The promenade of hundreds of people wearing weird, funny, and inventive costumes usually attracts crowds of spectators.
Bonnets are, of course, essential for parade-goers. You'll be amazed by their oddness and creativity. You can see hats topped with piles of eggs, lots of flowers or even live animals like rabbits or pet snakes! Frames, carrots, flower pots, or bird cages are popular too. Some hats are tiny, and some are huge, but all of them are worth seeing. Because imagination has no limits!
The tradition of holding Easter Parades has been observed for more than 130 years in New York. Although there were no floats or music bands in the 1880s, women still wore their most beautiful hats and clothes. Streets and churches were decorated with flowers, and the mood was joyful. In the 20th century, the New York City Easter Parade was one of the largest in the USA with equal emphasis on fashion and religious rituals. As years have flown by, the Easter Parade has become more and more extravagant and colorful.