Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Bonnet Parade/Festival on Fifth Avenue

These are some of the photos that I took earlier today during the Easter bonnet parade/festival on Fifth Avenue. A section of Fifth Avenue between 49th to 57th Streets was closed to traffic for the annual festivities. Over the years, the Easter bonnet has evolved from a simple decorated hat to outrageous expression of creativity or social and political conviction. To me, it seemed more like a street costume party than an Easter parade. An Easter bonnet is supposed to represent the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption. The "Easter bonnet" was fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin, whose frame of reference was the Easter parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral:
"In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
 You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade."


lawrencevon said...

this looks so fun!


Noel Y.C. said...

It's almost like Halloween in April. I make it a point to people watch every year. Hope you're having a great summer, Lawrence.