Wacky Hats (and More) at the Easter Parade in New York City


New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade showcases planning and execution at its finest, followed by a less fine display of drunkeness and disorder at the bars near the parade route. But New York's Easter Parade is the opposite — it's a much less formal affair with a rather sober aftermath.

Every Easter, the city closes Fifth Avenue from 49th through 57th street from 10 AM—4 PM and opens it to pedestrians who want to show off their Easter finery and admire others. Everyone at the parade is just milling around, taking and posing for photos. Some wear traditional-ish hats with flowers, while others go for full-blown costumes as if it's a spring-themed Halloween. There was a lot of creativity on display — if I had to choose a favorite it would be either the human wedding cake or the family who were all wearing Lost-Our-Nest-Eggs-With-Bernie-Madoff hats (the daughter is pictured on the left). Many of the outfits wouldn't be suitable for church. Well, maybe in New York…

4 Responses to Wacky Hats (and More) at the Easter Parade in New York City

  1. Molly April 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Thank you for posting my “human cake” picture! We had loads of fun and would love to do it again.

  2. Liz Curry April 13, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Liz, Did you take ALL those photos? Fantastic job. Your blog is really great.

  3. Travelogged
    April 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    Yes, I took all those photos and everyone couldn’t have been nicer about posing for me!

  4. Susan April 15, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    That’s pretty original!!! this is a lovely post thanks!

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