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Blooming Bright Bonnets Abound at the Easter Parade on 5th Ave.

17 Apr


     The unusually warm weather brought out a huge crowd this year for an original New York City tradition, the Easter parade. Since the Gilded Age of the 1880s, New Yorkers have dressed up to the nines and casually walked up 5th Ave. with the latest fashions. Today, the tradition has evolved into a combination of well dressed celebrants and creative expressions of bonnets and top hats. The blocks from 49th St. to 55th St. are blocked off where street entertainers and music fill the air on a day of celebration. New Yorkers from 3 to 93 or more continue to show some of the best creativity in the country. Some pets enjoy bringing their owners to the parade so they can show off how cute they can look. If you have never been to this parade, it is one of the most colorful and creative you will experience. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I had taking them.



Putting on the Nines on 5th for Easter

9 Apr

This years version of the NYC Easter promenade has drawn a clearly visible international flavor as tourists from all over the world gathered on 5th Ave. to behold the grand spectacle of fine fashion, creative bonnets and local entertainment. A bright sunny day and warmer weather helped bring out a decent size crowd between 47th and 57th Sts. with the biggest crowd in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Several hundred thousand arrived to view the latest fashions and attire from as far back as the Gilded Age where the parade was born in the 1870s. The promenade has evolved since then as one from religious meaning to a more display of fashion and style to one of creativity that only New Yorkers can flaunt. It’s a casual “parade” where dressed up folks walk up and down 5th Ave to display and pose for the crowd. Everywhere one looked a new bonnet was being displayed by young and old alike.  Some families have made the event a tradition and their favorite part of Easter. Judging by some of the gaudy bonnets, some may have taken months to complete. Although the promenade is a far cry from its original intent, it’s still a good clean fun way to spend an Easter afternoon in the greatest city on the planet.

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