April 21, 2014

Yesterday I went to 5th Avenue to take a look at the Easter Bonnet Parade. I’ve only been to the parade one time before, and that was years and years ago. So, I thought it was time that I checked it out again. It’s not really a parade, but more like a mob scene with as many people with cameras and cell phones taking photos as there are people with outrageous hats. It’s a bit frightening to see how the hordes of photographers close in around the people wearing the more unusual chapeaus, with elbows jabbing, heads popping up in front of lenses. One woman even pushed my camera out of her way to get a better shot of a hat I had focused on.

I’d like to share with you some of the hats that I saw.

There were simple hats like this one with colorful plastic eggs dangling from a garden bonnet.

I fell in love with the shadows that the flowers cast across this happy face.

Here is a beautiful woman in a stunning hat.

The young designers got into the act, too.

This guy certainly got a lot of attention when he walked down the street. And, yes, everyone wanted to know if it was a real chocolate bunny on his head. But he slowly strolled up and down 5th Avenue never saying a word.

One fellow wore his cat on his head. I suppose it was a play on ‘Cat In The Hat’.

There were animals dressed in Easter Bonnets, too.

It was a festive time for pet owners.

This little girl was so happy to be able to bring her bunny to the celebration.

There were beautiful and regal women in elegant hats.

There was one silly fellow who could not resist wearing his pet parrot on top of his head, and to decorate his beard on Easter morning.

I had the opportunity to meet the grand dames of hat makers, the Milliners Guild.

Here are two of the lovely talented ladies from the Milliners Guild.

And then there was the man in a fedora with rabbit ears who smoked a carrot cigar.

There were many more memorable hats and personalities strolling up and down 5th Avenue in the brilliant spring sunshine. I forgave the eager photographers and the excited onlookers for their momentary lapses in etiquette because it was really such a wonderfully magical and fun day.


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  1. Sharon on April 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

    You live in such a colorful fun city. You capture it so well.

    • Pushing Time on April 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yes, it is a fun city. I’ll give you a grand tour if you come visit. See you soon in your area!!

  2. thelma straw on April 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The imagination and creativity of the hats, especially the animal lovers, is a wonderful antidote to the headlines from all over the poor little globe! T.J. Straw

    • Pushing Time on April 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

      You are right Thelma, looking at little doggie hats are always a good short break from the bleak global news.

  3. Pam on April 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    In all my years of living here I’ve never been to this parade. Shame on me, eh? But perhaps next year. I love hats, although never wear them. And my last Easter Bonnet as a child was nothing compared to these beauties. I remember being embarrassed by it and taking it off as soon as I was out of my Mother’s vision and only putting it back on when I got home! But it would’ve fit right in on 5th Avenue! Great photos!

    • Pushing Time on April 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      What a lovely image of you Pam with your lovely red hair and an Easter Bonnet!!! Maybe next year you’ll stroll along 5th Avenue with me.

  4. Susan Sermoneta on April 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Great pictures! I was there, too, but I saw entirely different characters and hats! I like the fact that yours are closeups.

    • Pushing Time on April 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      I’m surprised we didn’t run into each other, Susan!!

  5. Joyce Willis on April 21, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing your spectacular Easter Parade photos. It looked like a magical day. I love the expressions you caught and the light — the contrast of deep shadows and bright sunshine. I really really love the hats. Special thanks because I couldn’t be there this year.

    • Pushing Time on April 22, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Joyce, I have only recently appreciated the beauty of hats. Now I see how spectacular they can be. Yes, this was a magical and fun day, especially because they close down 5th Ave. and the street was jammed packed with people have a great time. Lovely day!!

  6. Nalo on April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Fascinating !!

    • Pushing Time on April 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

      And lots of fun, Nalo!!!

  7. Eric Parker on April 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Fabulous Marge
    Love them all

    • Pushing Time on April 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Eric!! Now this gives you something else to think about seeing in NYC on one of your visits.

  8. Patty on May 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Terrific hats! Can’t say that I have worn a hat for any other reason than to keep warm or to keep the hair out of my face. Look what I have missed! Thank you for sharing! Patty

    • Pushing Time on May 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Yeah, Patty, hats are not my thing either, but I’m starting to change my mind!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.