Join A Quirky Easter Event NYC has Celebrated for 140 Years
A Colorful Easter Event & NYC Tradition
Easter Sunday (April 5th)
An almost secret celebration on the streets of Manhattan, this zany parade without floats or marching bands is one of the most unique things to do during Easter in New York City. Its roots date back to the 1870s, when high society ladies paraded out of St. Patrick's Cathedral after the holiday's special Sunday service, showing off their fanciful bonnets and hats. Today, the procession is far more whimsical, filled with nearly 30,000 costumed revelers dressed as the Easter Bunny, eggs, baby chicks, and chocolate rabbits. But of course, hats are still the highlight. So let your imagination run wild, get creative, and join the show!
Bring the Party & Get Ready for ANYTHING!
While the fun-filled spirit of the NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is infectious, you won't just want to soak it in from the sidelines. Attendees are encouraged to craft their own over-the-top headwear, adorned with anything from flowers and plants, to sweet treats, small pets, toys, miniature models of the city, Broadway glitz, and high-style glamour. If you bring your dog, don't forget to dress him or her up, too! Other important things to remember are a camera for pictures with other festive paraders, sunscreen, and bottled water. It also wouldn't hurt to learn "Easter Parade" by Irving Berlin, as you never know when the spirited crowd might break into the event's special theme song.