Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?

Ruth Doherty
Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?
Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?

Rex

Here we were thinking that Easter was all about eating as much chocolate as possible, but thousands of New Yorkers go one better every year - by donning outrageous headwear for the annual Easter Bonnet Festival.

Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?
Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?

Rex


The New York Easter Parade has been a tradition since the Civil War days, and shows off a host of elaborate and hilarious hats.

Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?
Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?

Rex


Crowds of people filled the traffic-free Fifth Avenue showing off outlandish creations, including everything from carrot hats, to bunny ears, Easter chicks and even toy bath ducks?

The parade started back in the 1870s as a showcase for the finery that upmarket New Yorkers used to wear to church.

Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?
Crazy pics: Have you ever heard of the Easter Bonnet Festival?

Rex


Now, it's used to show off traditional bonnets, as well as hundreds of looks that seemingly had nothing to with Easter, like Roman helmets and signs of the Zodiac.

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