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Something different for Easter

We had an awesome time in NYC. I hope this tradition never ends. Our kids enjoyed making the hats... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2018
cazafco
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Garfield, New Jersey
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What fun!

Fifth Avenue is closed off for several hours on Easter Sunday for all to show off their Easter... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Mara028
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NJ
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Not a parade, but more of a gathering. We were there on April 1 2018. Fun to see people in unique hats to celebrate spring! Unique NYC experience!! Don't miss if you happen to be in NYC at Easter!

Thank hossmama
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We had an awesome time in NYC.
I hope this tradition never ends.
Our kids enjoyed making the hats by themselves.

Thank cazafco
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Fifth Avenue is closed off for several hours on Easter Sunday for all to show off their Easter bonnets and outfits. Dressed up dogs and babies galore. Bring your camera and spend a few hours strolling up and down the street. Impromptu dancing and modeling are performed on the steps of St. Patrick's. Bunny ears are sold by street vendors so no one is left feeling under dressed. An incredible display of creativity and imagination. Who knew there were so many ways to use Peeps?! Yes it is crowded but that is no excuse not to wander about for a bit. Shopping in the area is limited as is traffic so get out and enjoy!

Thank Mara028
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Imagine shutting down 5th Avenue to have an impromptu fashion show in the middle of the street. Throw in a dog show, street performers, and a couple of hundred people with their families, taking pictures and you have a very basic idea of the New York Easter Parade.

First off, the New York Easter Parade isn't an actual parade. Since the late 1800's, people in their finest Easter garb have been gathering to parade about in mid-town in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue, but there's no parade like there's a Halloween parade or a St. Patrick's Day parade. Instead, its a colorful mass of humanity showing off the most creative and fanciful array of costumes and hats.

More often than not, you'll find groups or couples or even people on their own nattily decked out in 20's influenced attire, showing off Easter and spring-inspired costumes and hats, and looking like they spilled out of a Great Gatsby Easter party.

At this LGBTQIA-friendly event, you'll be treated to fanciful creations sprouting flowers and bunnies and bows and butterflies and more. There's even a contingent of dog owners who show off their costumed pups in brightly colored dog carriages. Inevitably because there's a crowd, there will also be street performers such as a group of street acrobats who will pull passers-by into their show.

It is, quite simply, colorful chaos. People wander up and down 5th Avenue either to have their picture taken or to take pictures. There's no real sense or order in how or why anything happens, but its a very family-friendly atmosphere and everyone is in such a festive and happy mood that its actually about as genial an outdoor event as you can get in NYC.

This is not for those who don't like crowds or who like a more ordered affair. Its also not an event for those who don't like their flow of walking being interrupted; there are so many people just stopping and posing or taking pictures its almost impossible to keep walking continuously. And, inexplicably, the 2018 parade was cut short by two hours when police opened 5th Avenue back to traffic (traffic resumed around 2pm, though the parade usually goes from 10am to 4pm). But the New York Easter Parade is a fun time and about as friendly as New Yorkers get as they bring their families out to enjoy each other's creativity.

Thank ek_rivera
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A gathering of young and old artists or who wants to dress up during the occasion. Usually attendees have decorated hats and bonnets and are willing their photos taken. If you are a photographer or videographer, prepare for a crowded area. Don’t forget to visit the Easter decor of channel gardens at Rockefeller Center.

Thank Rommel T
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

So amazing decorated!

If you are here in Easter time this is a big must to see. And bring you'r camera!

Thank Cecilie D
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We not only saw this but joined in. Women wear great hats and everyone dresses to the nines and strolls fifth avenue. They s is a happening for over 100 years and is fun if it does not rain

2  Thank Allansha
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I went there with my family and we all loved it.
Definitely dress up and get a super hat!
People were very friendly and let us take pictures, it was awesome

1  Thank Viv V
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

The Easter Bonnet Parade is simply joyful. Yes there are crowds, but since it isn't a "parade" as you think of it - it is more of a meander around to see and be seen - the crowds aren't annoying.

From elegant to whimsical from professionally crafted to craftily created: all the bonnets are magic.

Keep your politics at home. This one is for the spring (and the Peeps and the bunnies and the flowers).

Thank Suz S
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A NYC Easter tradition since the 1880s.
The thick of it is in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and up to 57th Street where it ends by Tiffany. A mix & match with new outfits and extravagant hats.

Anyone can participate. Children, adults give way to their creativity and imagination in producing these beautiful and elaborated hats. The more, the merrier.
It's been years that I did not participate in the Parade. It was lots of fun seeing the people parade their hats and costumes. My hat was very modest, yet I felt right into the mood.

The weather was perfect too. Come next year and have clean family fun.

4  Thank Sarushkaya
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