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Get drunk on the High Line at a very silly hat party this month

By Clayton Guse

The High Line is typically known as an overly busy attraction that draws a big crowd of Instagram-thirsty patrons. But for one night this month, the train line turned pedestrian path will transform from basic to silly. 

On Thursday, June 14, the Friends of the High Line is hosting a Hat Party, giving New Yorkers the opportunity to not only enjoy an open bar in the space but also whip out their most daring, strange and downright hilarious head toppers. Guests are encouraged to leave no stone unturned when it comes to their above-the-head weirdness—a panel of judges headlined by Alan Cumming will award the very best hats during a live runway show. 

“Remember: anything can be a hat,” the event’s description says. “Let the High Line's history, evolution and current trail-blazing ideals lend you inspiration, whether you choose to channel its nature, architecture, food, technology, art, voyeurism or NYC roots.”

The event kicks off at 7pm for VIP ticket holders, and those with general admission will be able to enter at 8pm. The party runs until 11pm, culminating in what promises to be a very funky dance party. Be warned: This party is not for the faint of head. Tickets start at $150 a pop and go all the way up to $500. If you’re going to spend that much cheddar on a night out, you best bring some Sasha Velour–esque looks to the table. 

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