Hat’s Off to New York City’s Easter Parade

  • While some celebrated Easter Sunday by attending church services—or sitting on the couch stuffing Cadbury Creme Eggs into their faces—others took to the streets of New York City to revel in the holiday spirit.

    Each year, New York City’s Easter Parade draws thousands of participants—some religious, but many not—to Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets. Attendees typically wear whimsical costumes that take “Easter Finery” to an extreme (think three-foot-tall hats made of wicker baskets, eggs, and pastel-colored flowers).

    “New York’s celebration of Easter was an example of counter-culture at its best, mixing Sunday best with Manhattan modern art,” said Steve Williams, who attended yesterday’s parade. He also described the event as “couture meets fairytale whimsy blended together in a fashion only true New Yorkers could pull off.”

    In case you missed your chance to observe yesterday’s Fifth Avenue Easter chic, you can check out these snapshots of the parade.

  • This flowery trio—apparently unfazed by 2013's terrible, never-ending winter—went for a distinctly springy style.

    This flowery trio—apparently unfazed by 2013's terrible, never-ending winter—went for a distinctly springy style.

  • Holy hat! One parade-goer sports a hat made of an Easter basket, flowers, and what appears to be a miniature maypole.

    Holy hat! One parade-goer sports a hat made of an Easter basket, flowers, and what appears to be a miniature maypole.

  • Real-life bunnies? Super cute. Easter bunnies? The stuff of nightmares. These young parade-goers look unimpressed (or perhaps terrified) by the white fluffy creature.

    Real-life bunnies? Super cute. Easter bunnies? The stuff of nightmares. These young parade-goers look unimpressed (or perhaps terrified) by the white fluffy creature.

  • The best of Sunday best—some color-co-ordinated parade-goers pose in their flowery costumes

    The best of Sunday best—some color-co-ordinated parade-goers pose in their flowery costumes

  • We're not sure what the rest of this person's costume looks like, but either way, that bunny-topped scepter is seriously awesome.

    We're not sure what the rest of this person's costume looks like, but either way, that bunny-topped scepter is seriously awesome.

  • Apparently, dressing up never gets old—an entire family arrives on Fifth Avenue in full Easter costumery.

    Apparently, dressing up never gets old—an entire family arrives on Fifth Avenue in full Easter costumery.

  • No, but seriously—dressing up really doesn't get old. This adorable couple, Sam and Mary Bishop, proudly rocked their Easter finery at the parade

    No, but seriously—dressing up really doesn't get old. This adorable couple, Sam and Mary Bishop, proudly rocked their Easter finery at the parade

  • This, we suppose, is a significantly less scary incarnation of the Easter Bunny. (Side note: wasn't she cold?!)

    This, we suppose, is a significantly less scary incarnation of the Easter Bunny. (Side note: wasn't she cold?!)

  • Some more fabulous parade-goers show off their colorful Easter garb

    Some more fabulous parade-goers show off their colorful Easter garb

  • Serious cuteness alert: an adorable 2-year-old girl in flowery finery played with her mother before a crowd of melting onlookers.

    Serious cuteness alert: an adorable 2-year-old girl in flowery finery played with her mother before a crowd of melting onlookers.

  • On a less cute note, this person attended the parade wearing a horse mask.

    On a less cute note, this person attended the parade wearing a horse mask.

  • That's either a flowerpot or a bloody mary on her head.

    That's either a flowerpot or a bloody mary on her head.

  • This beaming parade attendee poses in her matching hat and sash

    This beaming parade attendee poses in her matching hat and sash

  • A costumed parade-goer poses in a seriously fabulous hat.

    A costumed parade-goer poses in a seriously fabulous hat.

  • These dapper gents were apparently prepared to strut their stuff on Fifth Avenue, rain or shine.

    These dapper gents were apparently prepared to strut their stuff on Fifth Avenue, rain or shine.

  • There is something protruding unsupported from this man's head, and we are somewhat concerned for his safety.

    There is something protruding unsupported from this man's head, and we are somewhat concerned for his safety.

  • This woman, Lisa Vanarsdale, wears a matching dress and hat that appear to be made out of some sort of food packaging.

    This woman, Lisa Vanarsdale, wears a matching dress and hat that appear to be made out of some sort of food packaging.