The Easter Bonnet Parade in New York City (CANCELED)

The Easter Bonnet Parade is an annual celebration in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Parade-goers flock to 49th Street and 5th Avenue to witness the throng of marchers wearing colorful, one-of-a-kind ensembles, including incredibly imaginative Easter Bonnets. You only need imagine Mardi Gras and Halloween combined to get the idea.

In addition, the Easter Bonnet Parade is a New York City tradition, the roots of which trace back to the 1870’s. Irving Berlin’s 1948 classic Easter Parade, starring Judy Garland and Fred Estaire, enshrined the beloved event in the American consciousness.

The Easter Bonnet Parade starts at 49th Street and rolls down to its terminus at 57th Street. However, our preference is to stay put at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where many of the marchers pose for photos at the gorgeous church and discuss their amazing outfits with admirers.

In conclusion, it’s a glorious occasion, with a festive atmosphere that exemplifies New York City’s incredible communities. Don’t miss it!

You can find more information about the event here.

For a preview of what to expect at the Easter Parade, check out our post from a past parade here.

-L. & J.

A Tip Of The Hat: The New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

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.

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