The Easter Parade

There is a song from the 1948 movie Easter Parade, starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, that mentions an Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue in NYC.  The lyrics are:

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet
And of the guy, I’m taking to the Easter Parade

I have spent my entire life in Manhattan, but I have never gone to Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday to see if there really is a parade of people wearing Easter bonnets. I ventured out today at about 10:30 and saw that Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic between 57th and 49th Streets. I am not sure if there is an actual, organized parade, but what I saw were people strolling along the avenue, many of them wearing all styles of headgear from simple to elaborate. Everyone was happy to pose for all of the trigger-happy photographers.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

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