Have you ever wondered how we came up with the name of our blog, Mad Hatters NYC? We actually drew inspiration from a number of sources, the most obvious one being Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We’re not the only ones to draw a parallel between New York City and Carroll’s land of magic and make-believe. But one day a year, the comparison takes on a life on its own. During the New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, a large group of Mad Hatters descends on Fifth Avenue and the world of fantasy and reality collide.
Whether New Yorkers are transforming themselves into mythical creatures or costuming their pets, the volume is always turned up to the max. Outfits that wowed ranged from fully handcrafted ensembles to witty, choreographed themes. Mad Hatters of every age proudly strutted their stuff in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the rest of the world was there to enjoy it. Here are some of the creative chapeaus that we came across:
Birds of a Feather
Peeps in Peeps, the unofficial sponsor of the day
Tips for a successful outing
If you plan on attending the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, here are some tips that might be helpful:
Know where to go! Note that there isn’t an official parade or parade route. Start at Rockefeller Center so you can enjoy the seasonal Easter decorations then make your way to St.Patrick’s Cathedral where the celebration culminates and most of the festival goers spend their time.
Be a considerate spectator! As always, the creative Mad Hatters we came across graciously posed for numerous photographs. To all of you, we tip our hats. But as a spectator, please remember to be aware of your surroundings and also be considerate of others–everyone wants that perfect snap. Take your picture then step aside and allow someone else to do the same. Please also remember that St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an active place of worship and Easter mass is conducted throughout the day.
Dress in your Easter best! While you may not have a decorated hat to parade about in, you can still join in the festivities by putting on your best dress and hat. They make for fun pictures!
Check out our prior post on the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival for additional costumes and to see if you can find recurring themes!
So, did you have a favorite?
Pair it with:
Easter is the holiday that seems to have the unfair advantage of being associated with two of my favorite things: chocolate and brunch. I think that somehow makes me an Easter aficionado, albeit a self-professed one. There are many places in the city where you can find good chocolate and a good brunch. But Chanson is somewhere you can find both. As soon as you enter, rows and rows of sweet treats tempt you from glass cases. We’ve never been disappointed with the creative French pastries–the chocolate ones in particular. But you can also sit down in the cafe and enjoy a weekend brunch with options like fluffy omelettes and decadent French Toast. And if you’re a Mad Hatter? They serve an afternoon tea here too.
20 W 23rd St
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 8.00 pm
Sun 10:00 am -6:00 pm
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