Easter hats and bonnets draw thousands to mid-town Manhattan
New Yorkers turned out by the thousands to wear, to be seen wearing, or to watch others wear hats of all descriptions in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Easter Sunday on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 57th Streets.
New Yorkers turned out by the thousands today to wear, to be seen wearing, or to watch others wear hats of all descriptions in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, which took place on Easter Sunday on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 57th Streets.Taking it’s cue from a 20th-century tradition, and from Irving Berlin’s 1933 hit song “Easter Parade”, today’s turnout, while it had some adherents to the Easter tradition of post-church service fashion parade, had other, less reverent overtones as well.
I saw men wearing top hats, bowlers, boaters, homburgs, trilbys, and even rabbit ears, papal mitres and women’s bonnets. The variety of headgear worn by the women was equally wide-ranging. Some themes could be distinguished: traditional period costume, ranging from late Edwardian through 1940s; ornithological, entomological, scenic, pascual and floral. I might add a final category, the strange.
In all, the turnout included more spectators than hat-wearing participants, but all seemed very happy to be out on such ca fine, sunny afternoon enjoying the spectacle and the company of others.