One of the most popular and best-loved New York City traditions takes place over Easter Sunday (April 8th) when visitors can enjoy the spectacle of parade participants wearing Easter bonnets and parading up and down the area of Fifth Avenue. This year’s Easter Parade in New York City will take place between 49th and 57th Street on Fifth Avenue although the best place to really enjoy the festival is around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The event traditionally takes place between 10 am and 4 pm on Easter Sunday and is free to the general public.
The Easter Parade is not a ??parade’ per se as there are no organized floats and police barriers. However, the charm of the event lies in the fact that spectators are free to wander up and down the streets enjoying the view of so many people wearing Easter outfits and bonnets. The parade is a true historical New York symbol and has been held as an annual tradition in the city since the days of the American Civil War. The parade draws participants from all over the world to either dress in outlandish, outrageous or classic outfits and bonnets, or simply to join ??the other side’ and watch the parade go by. Even pets are brought in full costume to entertain the spectators. The Easter Parade provides some incredible photo opportunities.
In the region of the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, there are many other things to enjoy, such as great New York cuisine, shopping and other planned springtime events. Of course, visitors should not miss the Eggstravaganza in Central Park and other fun family-oriented events throughout the Easter weekend.