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Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in NYC guide

Rock an outlandish and kitschy egg-covered chapeau during the whimsical Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in NYC

Photograph: Sean Shapiro

One of the best things to do on Easter is march along Fifth Avenue during the whimsical Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival—NYC’s only procession dedicated to outlandishly decorated hats. Before you sit down for a delicious Easter feast at one of the best brunch spots in the city, head to one of the top New York attractions—St. Patrick’s Cathedral—to watch folks promenade their over-the-top bonnets. You won’t find any floats at this parade, but we think head-toppers in the shape of the Coney Island Cyclone and other New York-themed landmarks certainly make up for it.

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When is the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival?

Make sure your bonnet—with all the frills upon it—is ready in time for the procession (begins at 10am) on Easter Sunday, which occurs on April 16, 2017 this year.

Where is the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival?

The parade marches north on Fifth Avenue starting at 49th Street up to 57th Street. Station yourself at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets) for the best view.

How do you march in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival?

All bonnet-wearing revelers are welcome to stroll along Fifth Avenue and take part in this eye-popping event.

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