Saturday, April 11, 2009

Put on your Easter Bonnet!

Downey Girls - Easter, 1960 - Florida

Unlike most New York City Parades, the Easter Parade is a far less organized event. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets is closed to traffic, and folks wander the street admiring various Easter Bonnets and Easter outfits. Something everyone should see just once!
Some things have changed... here is the parade in the early 1900's .This parade doesn't have any floats or marching bands but it is a spectacle nonetheless.
Outfits still range from elegant to outrageous. This parade doesn't have any floats or marching bands but it is great "people watching"!
My memories of Easter as a little girl ~ always a new outfit (frequently home sewn that mom made for us) ... white shoes and gloves, an Easter Hat and a basket filled with candy.... that we were able to dig into once the colored hard boiled eggs were found! More recently my folks went over-the-top with an Easter Egg Hunt, Scavenger Hunt and Treasure Hunt for the Grand kids... it's still something they talk about every year, it kept them all busy during the afternoon, I'm not sure who enjoyed it most... my parents who planned it for weeks, the kids, or my sisters and brother-in-laws who all got to sit and chat together with no kids! Have a Blessed Easter!

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