The 2014 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

easter bonnet parade

photo via flickr / D_M_D

One of New York City’s most zany traditions comes in the form of one of its shortest parades. Unlike the Thanksgiving Day Parade or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which both travel miles on the NYC streets, the Easter Day Parade is s short one, only covering eight city blocks. Here’s how it works:

You ARE the parade. You show up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 49th street any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can begin marching at any time during this span, and conclude when you feel like you’re done. You walk from 49th Street up to 57th Street on 5th Avenue, taking pictures with your fellow marchers, making new friends, and have a grand old time.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget your bonnet!

You cannot march without an Easter bonnet, which is the whole purpose of the parade. Everyone puts on their Sunday best and finds themselves a smashing bonnet to show off. Unless you’ve been there before, you don’t know how much fun this thing is!

Details: This Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5th Avenue between 49th and 57th streets.

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