Thursday, April 21, 2011

Do as the Victorians did and wear your best hat

Easter 2009
The Easter Parade is one of the few events in NYC that hasn't really changed. It's not a parade march but it's still a great sight to see.

History dates back to the Victorian times when churchgoers show off their best hats, jewelry, and clothes after church - like one giant red carpet at a movie premiere. And it still is today.

On Sunday April 24th from 10AM - 4PM, 5th Avenue (between 49th to 57th) will be closed off for people who want to show off their impressive millinery skills. Whether you're dressed in Victorian garb, Lolita, or just your best suit, head uptown for an array of hats.

There's be big hats, small hats, hats made of Peeps, even the occasional cat in a hat.

And if you're still up for more fun, head up to the Children's Museum of Manhattan for their Easter-related programs.

Easter Parade
April 24th, 2011
10AM - 4PM
5th Avenue (between 49th and 57th Streets)

Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 W 83rd St
New York, 10024

If wandering in a sea of hats is not your thing or already have other Sunday plans, NYC has other Easter-related events on Saturday:
  • The Brooklyn Children's Museum is having a good old-fashioned Easter egg-hunt. Bring a basket, your best eyes, and gallivant around the museum for chocolate treats and toys. You may even spot Peter Rabbit! (Admission is $5 for members, $12 for non-members)
  • For those sticking around downtown, Trinity Church also has Easter egg hunts and other Easter-related activities.(Admission: Free)
  • If you're a child at heart, but want a more adult activity there's an Easter Weekend Greenwich Village History and Dessert Tour on Saturday (4/23) and Sunday (4/24) at 2PM. (Call 212-465-3331 for reservations. Tickets are $26 per person).
Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Trinity Church
74 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006

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