Easter in New York is a fun time. It heralds the start of Spring and encourages people off the couch and onto the streets of Manhattan to enjoy the sights of the Easter parade, the sounds of the city and the smells of budding trees and flowers.
The Easter Bonnet Parade is one of New York City’s yearly tradition which kicks off at 49th Street near St. Patrick’s Cathedral and marches up Fifth Avenue to 55th Street.
The first order of the day was arriving in time at the newly renovated and beautifully cleaned St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the altar celebrating Mass.
While we were inside, Fifth avenue was getting crowded with people decked out in homemade costumes that seem to get more creative each year.
The annual Easter Parade offers the choice of participant or onlooker.
This year was a participation event. Participants display their bonnets which were loving crafted over a few weeks/months. This is my creation, complete with matching outfit.
And so we were off to enjoy and admire outlandish headpieces that were hardly bonnets, featuring everything from bunnies and butterflies to grassy, egg-dotted lawns and even solar powered bears.
From the Elegant…….
To the Outlandish……..
To the Cute……..
To the Cutest…….
The crowd included Christians, Jews, Hindus, agnostics, atheists and others who felt like strolling around Manhattan on a sunny spring day, including hundreds of tourists. And a fun time was had by all.