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Sunday, April 20, 2014

NYC Easter Parade 2014 - Millinery Chic

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Do you love hats? Retro style? The NYC Easter Parade is a tradition that dates all the way back to the 1870's.  Along Fifth avenue on the blocks around St. Patrick's Cathedral, ladies would parade their "Sunday best" for a flamboyant display of fashion on Easter.  The American tradition was immortalized in Irving Berlin's Easter Parade .
Today's parade was a mix of characters.  My favorites were the coordinate groups of retro fashion fans that dressed to the nines in the spirit of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.  There were some chic parade guests with exquisite millinery sculptures.  There are the arts and crafts bunch who glue gun every flower, bird, candy egg and piece of plastic grass they can get their hands on to create a loud DIY exercise on their head to gain as much attention as they can.

I like that there were a lot of men who participated in the festivities.  Then there are the ones who include elaborate matching ensembles for their dogs  that skirt that fine line between creative and creepy.  I found several children who were more than happy to get dolled up with Mom and Dad in their holiday outfits.

I found street style photography legend Bill Cunningham shooting the Parade fashions right beside me.  Rockefeller Center extended the Easter style procession as they had all of the Faberge Big Egg Hunt sculptures gathered around the big rink for these few days before they are moved back to their original locations.

So how did YOU celebrate Easter?

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