Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in NYC guide

Get silly and sport a kitschy chapeau during the whimsical Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in NYC

Photograph: Sean Shapiro

One of the best things to do for Easter is stroll along Fifth Avenue during one of New York’s silliest processions: The Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. NYC has a march entirely dedicated to outlandishly decorated hats. Before you sit down for a delicious Easter feast at one of the city’s best restaurants, hop to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to watch the show or promenade your own over-the-top bonnet. While you won’t see any floats at this parade, we think head-toppers in the shape of some of the best New York attractions (like the Coney Island Cyclone) 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 1, 2018 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 whimsical event.

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