This parade is all about the hats—lavishly decorated, from the exquisite to the outlandish. Anyone is welcome to join, just show up near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am on Easter Sunday to watch or saunter with the group up Fifth Avenue. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, so you might even see some participants in period costume. But the highlight is the elaborate bonnets, some of which are truly over-the-top. If you want to participate, put on your creative thinking cap and get started on your work of chapeaux art ASAP. Otherwise, the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival makes for a fun start to Easter, after which you can head to one of the best brunches in the city for some springtime sustenance.
Grab your baskets—Easter is hopping closer and you need to start looking for Easter things to do in NYC! The spring holiday offers a chance to celebrate rebirth, renewal and some amazing fashion at the Easter Bonnet Parade. When you're not hunting for Easter eggs or promenading down Fifth Avenue in your bonnet on Easter Sunday, you'll have to take advantage of the city's Easter brunches or head over to see one of the city’s best New York attractions, the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Whether you go to church or find religion in the city’s best brunch, don your Sunday best, kick up your heels and enjoy the greatest things to do in spring.
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