Tomorrow is Easter (unless you are Orthodox Christian, in which case Easter is next week.) Every year in New York City 5th Avenue is closed to traffic and the Easter Parade takes place. The Easter Parade is not a parade in the traditional sense, rather people gather and look a hats. (Here are my shots from last year on Flickr, when the above photo was taken.) The tradition of this rather unusual parade began as a way for the ladies to show out their new Easter dresses and of course, their Church Hats, which were not always an old black lady thing. By the 1950′s the parade had become grossly commercial and more of an advertising endeavor than religious celebration, if indeed, it were such a thing. New York City, once being a rather odd and strange place filled with wonderfully odd and strange people (unlike today where it is filled with Yunnies and Wisconsinites ) the parade began to a festival off the odd, somewhat like the Halloween Parade. (Though more family friendly.) Today the parade is a bit less weird, and taking a turn back toward the mercantile as groups of actors masquerade as bohemian fun seekers incidentally sporting advertisements on their costumes. (You can’t see it, but this bunny is actually advertising some sort of shoe.) There are still elegant hats and outfits, and the strange and interesting still appear, but as with so many other New York institutions, I suspect the Easter Parade will soon turn back to it’s Madison Avenue roots. If you are in NYC, go see it before that happens.
I will be there tomorrow morning, shooting as usual. Then I will be off to celebrate Easter in my own particular…particular…(idiom sir?)…IDOM!