Easter Bonnet Parade – New York

 

Easter Parade And Easter Bonnet Festival In New York

NEW YORK - MARCH 23:  A bonnet peeks above the...
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The Easter Parade began in New York City around 1870 and has grown to become an extravagant and quirky New York tradition. For centuries, Easter Sunday was when people use to don new clothes and bonnets and go to church. The Easter Bonnet was introduced by composer Irving Bennet when he referred to the New York Easter Parade in a musical composition.

So if you are wondering what to do during the Easter break, head to New York for your holiday travel. Get into the Easter spirit with native New Yorkers and walk down to 5th Avenue to participate in the parade or to just watch the drama. The Easter Parade is without the traditional floats and marching bands but it’s a unique New York experience nevertheless. Loads of tourists from all over the world flock to see the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival and some even participate with their own versions of fancy bonnets.

A Bonanza of Easter Bonnets and Easter Baskets

If you are pondering about what to wear for the parade then that really depends on whether you want to be creative, zany, outrageous, make a political statement or just have fun. Remember this is New York where anything goes. The focus of your attire of course should be your Easter bonnet. Some people simply buy a bonnet from a store while others go to great lengths to create one.

Fashion divas, drag queens, little girls, grandmothers, political activists, artists, you name it…every kind of person of every age and colour walks down 5th Avenue wearing colourful bonnets. Some bonnets are topped with birds made out of paper while others sport live cats. Flowers are a common theme and remind us of spring.

From small and delicate bonnets to large and outsized ones that dwarf the wearer, the imaginative bonnets create a colourful spectacle. Rabbits, dogs, cats, snakes and other pets also join their owners and it’s quite common to see dogs too wearing elaborate hats and bonnets.

A lot of attention is also lavished on fantastic Easter Baskets which the participants carry in their hands. The Easter Baskets are decorated with Easter bunnies, eggs, flowers, birds etc.

The Easter Bonnet Parade in New York is an informal parade where people just stroll down a road that’s closed to vehicular traffic. Even if you don’t want to participate, you can amble along with the participants or watch the fun from a street-side deli. A great spot to watch the parade is from the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Easter Bonnet Parade Route

From 49th to 57th Street along 5th Avenue.

Easter Bonnet Parade Timings

10am to 4pm on Easter Sunday.

New York Weather

Temperatures range from 7°C to 16°C with chance of rain.

Easter Eggstravaganza in Central Park

This is a free event that includes loads of entertainment and activities for kids. Entry is free and kids can join an Easter Egg Hunt, participate in an egg roll race, watch a puppet show, interact with clowns, get their faces painted etc. There’s also a race where kids have to build their own Easter baskets. The Eggstravaganza usually takes place on the South Lawn in Central Park.

While in the Big Apple, discover other fascinating sights and things to do so you can make the most of your New York Holidays.

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Posted by on November 24th, 2009

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