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. The NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival is such a day.
The festivities this year take place on April 21, 2019 (from 10 am – 4 pm on Fifth Avenue between 49th Street and 57th Street-–though most people hang out in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. While the official title includes “parade“, it really isn’t. It’s more of a mill about, but what it lacks in walking it makes up for in creativity.
Revelers spend weeks crafting beautiful hats ranging from stunning period pieces to off-the-wall wacky, while others wear costumes from head to toe. The rest of the crowd it there to selfies with the best of the bunch. Picture the commotion surrounding a Kardashian and multiply that by 10.
For those with the best ensembles (and there are A LOT of amazing creations), crowds surround them five people deep. For hours, the boldly attired are the center of attention. Many of the costumed attendees are long-time regulars of the event and the Easter Parade is where they enjoy an annual fix of 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. (A little obnoxious if you ask me.)
Today it’s a spectacle of another kind, and loads of fun.
Here’s a peek of what I’ve seen in the past plus a little video I put together in 2016. Guaranteed, it’ll be just as grand this year.
If you find yourself at the parade be on the lookout for Patricia Fox. She’s always bedazzled from head to toe and usually one of the best dressed of the bunch.
She’s an assemblage artist (a means of expression using mixed media in fashion and home) who’s created her own lifestyle brand called Purely Patricia. She’s also a celebrity, spokesperson, brand ambassador, fashion icon, personal stylist, interior decorator, and jewelry designer, just to name of few of the professions she lists on her website.
Her fashion advice to those who care to listen: “Go into the world and show off your own personal style. Fashion today is about trends. Be a trendsetter not a follower.”
Other Creative Revelers and Their Easter Hats From Years Past
A little ditty I put together in 2016
Now tell me…. Don’t you want to go?