St. Patrick’s Easter Hat Parade brings out kids’ creativity
Head gear had eggs, flashing lights, even a church replica
Students at St. Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge got a jump on the Easter holiday by creating their own bonnets for the school’s annual Easter Hat Parade.
A fun twist on traditional Easter bonnets, these hats, custom-made by the students, featured all sorts of decorations, some edible! Some students put eggs and marshmallow peeps on their hats. Others decorated their hats with flashing lights, replicas of St. Patrick Church, stuffed bunnies and just about anything else they could think of to fit on top of their heads.
Each class lined up and marched around the auditorium in the school at 401 97th St. to model their creations for a panel of judges, as well as parents, teachers and visitors.
To close the event, winners for most creative hat were selected from each grade level and rewarded with a “dress down’ pass and, of course, a stuffed bunny. A “dress down” pass allows a student to come to school in casual clothing rather than the school uniform.
Eighth-grader Matthew Kulaka, whose hat contained peeps, a castle and blinking lights, was named “Best in School” and received two “dress down” passes for his efforts. He will be able to come to school two days wearing whatever he wants instead of his school uniform.
After the parade, the students were treated to a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Peter Cottontail hopped around and admired the children’s festive headgear.
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