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Check out these fab photos of NYC’s Easter Parade

April 2, 2018 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Welcome to the 2018 Easter Parade, where crazy hats are the norm. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

Next year in Brooklyn? Why not?

Brooklyn doesn’t have an Easter Parade like this.

Sadly for fans of funky hats and outrageously awesome outfits, the borough doesn’t even have a Coney Island Oyster Parade.

(If you pronounce “Oyster” just right, you’ll catch the pun intended here.)

The Brooklyn Eagle doesn’t think Manhattanites should have all the fun at Easter time.

So Brooklynites, answer this question: Shouldn’t we stage our own Easter Parade next year?

And here’s a second question: Where should we hold it?

While you ponder your answers, check out these photos we snapped Sunday at the Easter Parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.



This annual ritual takes place in front of tourist magnets St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center.

The tradition dates back to the 1870s.

Movie buffs will recall there’s an Oscar-winning 1948 Judy Garland and Fred Astaire film “Easter Parade” about the Fifth Avenue get-together.

In the year 2018, it’s a light-hearted event, not a serious display of high fashion.


Police block the street for a couple hours so folks wearing mostly home-made hats can pose for pix. After vehicular traffic resumes on the famed avenue, people crowd the sidewalk outside St. Patrick’s and continue taking pictures of the hat wearers.

These are HATS in all-capital letters and exclamation points.


Some hats feature flowers, real or fake. Some hats feature toy rabbits in honor of the Easter Bunny.

Some of these hats are almost as tall as the people wearing them. Some hats are so complex that words fail us when we try to describe them.

This year, one hat looked like a miniature sailing ship of yesteryear.

Some of the outfits people wear are pretty great, too. They’re made of fabrics in eye-popping patterns and colors, increasing the likelihood that photos of the people wearing them will wind up on Instagram.

The only thing better than a hat decorated with an Easter Bunny is a hat decorated with two Easter Bunnies.

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