I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  While not everyone celebrates Easter, for those that do there are many different traditions.  Some people get dressed up and go to church.  Others will have a special Easter brunch or Easter dinner.  And of course, kids love going to an Easter egg hunt and eating lots of chocolate.  In Texas, it is a great day to get dressed up and take a picture in the bluebonnets.   But in NYC the last few years, I have started celebrating Easter by going to the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue.

It wouldn't be an Easter Parade without the Easter Bunny!
It wouldn’t be an Easter Parade without the Easter Bunny!

The Easter Parade has been around since some time in the 1870s! The parade is more a spectacle of fashion than a religious event.  In 1933, Irving Berlin wrote a song called the Easter Parade.  Thanks to pictures that my friends posted on Facebook, I finally decided to check it out.  

Lots of pastel, perfect for Easter.
Lots of pastel, perfect for Easter.
Classy and fun!
Classy and fun!

While it can get crowded, it is really a lot of fun. It is not a typical parade.  A section of 5th avenue from 49th street to 57th street is blocked off to cars.  Everyone just walks around and checks out the Easter bonnets and costumes.  There are all types of costumes, some would probably also work for the Halloween Parade.  One year, I even found an Abraham Lincoln impersonator.

Anisa with Abraham & Mrs. Lincoln
Anisa with Abraham & Mrs. Lincoln
This could probably work equally well as a Halloween costume.
This could probably work equally well as a Halloween costume.
J-E-T-S Jets - You never know what you will see at the Easter Parade
J-E-T-S Jets – You never know what you will see at the Easter Parade

Some people wear traditional Easter dresses with hats and look so stylish.  Others wear huge colorful hats.  I am always impressed with how creative and artistic people can be.  I have seen hats made from all kinds of things.  My favorites have been the ones that use Easter Candy or Easter Baskets.  

Anyone for some Peeps?!
Anyone for some Peeps?!
I really like this one, so artistic and colorful.
I really like this one, so artistic and colorful.
This bonnet has got to be heavy!
This bonnet has got to be heavy!

The parade is a family event for kids of all ages.  I love seeing all the kids dressed up.  There are also always plenty of dogs and many of them have costumes too.  I have also seen whole families all dress up in a theme.  Normally, people might think it was odd if you tried to take pictures of random people.  But during the Easter Parade, people take it as a compliment if you ask to take their picture.

Aren't these kids cute! Love the grass skirt!
Aren’t these kids cute? Love the grass skirt with eggs hidden in it.
Even the dogs get in the Easter spirit!
Even the dogs get in the Easter spirit!

The Easter Parade is just a really fun and laid back event – anything goes! Don’t worry if you don’t have an Easter bonnet.  Plenty of people go that are not dressed up, like yours truly.  One of these years, I will get a group together and figure out something fun to wear.  Maybe you have some ideas?

-Anisa

Expert Tips:

  • You don’t have to dress up to go to the Easter Parade, but don’t forget your camera!
  • The parade is held Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets from 10 am to 4 pm.
The NYC Easter Parade – Bunnies, Bonnets, and More
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