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Celebrating New York’s Easter Parade (a.k.a Mill About) and Easter Bonnet Festival

No one would ever mistake Manhattan for being a touchy-feely city. People mostly keep to themselves and the pace can make even the most type – A personality long for a breath. But now and then a holiday comes along and the city softens. Crowds brim with laughter and smiles and the only goal is to have fun—with strangers no less.

Girl wearing easter egg hat costume in the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Revelers spent weeks making beautifully crafted hats that ranged from stunning period pieces to off-the-wall wacky, while others wore costumes from head to toe. Everyone else came to take pictures. Fifth Avenue was a barrage of selfies. Picture the commotion surrounding a Kardashian and multiply that by 10.

For those with the best ensembles (and there were A LOT of amazing creations), crowds surrounded them five people deep. For hours, the boldly attired were the center of attention. Most of the costumed folks I spoke to were long-time regulars of the event. The Easter Parade was a source of an annual 15 minutes of fame.

Did you know that the Easter Parade dates back to the 1800’s? Originally, the hoity toity of the time used to stroll down Fifth Avenue, dressed in their finest, after church services for the rest of the world to see.

Today it’s a spectacle of another kind, and loads of fun.

Here’s a peek at what I saw. (Bonus: you’ll find a little video I threw together at the end. )

Purely Patrica Flower costume in the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Purely Patricia was a big success. Her card business card reads, “Assemblage Fashion Stylish for People and Spaces.”

Purely Patrica in pink Flower costume in the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Girl wearing easter egg hat costume in the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

This group of friends (above) have been creating themed hats for the parade for over seven years. Yesterday’s theme celebrated iconic New York.  Past motifs included Broadway Shows, The Seven Deadly Sins, Holidays, Superheros and the Zodiac. (Click any photo in the gallery above to enlarge it and turn the series into a slide show.)

woman wearing chocolate bunny costume at the Easter Parade New York City 2016

Man wearing easter egg hat costume in the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Sparkle flower shoes in the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Two couples dressed in vintage costumes at the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Man in drag at the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Father and son wearing easter hats in the Easter Parade New York City 2016

Man and woman wearing marshmellow peep hat at the Easter Parade New York City 2016

Man and dog dressed in pink costumes at the Easter Parade NYC in 2016

Two men in pink and white tophats and tails in the Easter Parade in NYC 2016

Men in lumbar jack outfits in the Easter Parade New York City 2016

Man in costume at the Easter Parade New York City 2016

Woman and child wearing costumes at the Easter Parade New York City 2016

Woman with two dogs wearing easter hats at Easter Parade in New York City 2016

Photographs of Eater Parade in New York City-2-20

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