It’s Easter’s Day 2013 and it wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down Fifth Avenue in the Easter Parade here in New York City. An annual event
since the 1880s, it combined religious observance with a lighthearted but outlandish display of elaborate fashion. This eventually focused on headwear which lead to the Easter bonnet or hat. The parade became such a big part of the Easter tradition that it was even immortalized in Irving Berlin’s popular musical film, “The Easter Parade.” It starred sensations, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, both icons of their time. The song, of the same name, went on to become a major hit and remains an integral part of this holiday’s culture.
The bells of St. Patrick’s Cathedral rang loud and clear today and could be heard for blocks along the Avenue. 47th to 57th Streets were blocked off from traffic allowing people to freely walk, meet, greet and admire one and other’s bonnets as well as to capture photographs of some of the most outlandish and creative Easter creations the mind could conjure. As I fluttered to and fro (like so many others with a camera in hand), I heard over a dozen languages being spoken around me. It has become an international event not to be missed.
A small jazz band played classic tunes as couples in vintage regalia gave impromptu dance sets. A number of fun clowns and magicians brought sparkle to the eyes of the little ones while allowing some of us larger kids to reminisce of great Easters past. The green t-shirt in this week’s photo above creates a great palette for a colorful kid-friendly Easter fantasy. This dad got in on the fun, too, making them a dynamic duo that even the Easter bunny would do a hop or two for. Have a wonderful Easter, everyone!
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