In Your Easter Bonnet with all the Trimmings on It….

When I began working on the research for shows this week, I started singing that song and now I cannot get rid of it. I am one of those people who have an issue with worm songs. Growing up, I had to wait until a song on the radio (I know radio good grief how old are you?) was completely over before I turned it off and headed to school. Otherwise I sang it all day long in my head until it almost drove me nuts. I am sure that is the reason why I do not listen to the radio in the car. And don’t even get me started on It’s a Small World! But this is a short blog area and no time to go through all of my issues and idiosyncrasies. Instead, let’s focus on one thing at a time here and this week it is going to be Easter events.

It’s Easter time again; bunnies hopping, hats topping and candy dropping! (Too much?) It turns out that there is just about everything Easter “ish” you could think of going on this week. Well why not? It is Easter after all! But, because of that song, I decided to focus on parades and promenades (almost the same thing). A parade typically has elements that include marchers as well as such things as decorated floats, perhaps music, performers, antique cars and such. However a promenade is more like a collection of people strolling along. It looks like a parade to the untrained eye but hey, I am a professional, lol.

This week features a potpourri of locales as well. They take place in major cities, small towns and all manner of villages. I wanted to show a little slice of every size event and I think this is an excellent sampling. Since people live in all kinds of places, my desire was also to demonstrate how they celebrate Easter in all kinds of places around the country. For example, Saint Augustine Florida has both a parade and a promenade. Virginia City, NV has a combined Easter Bonnet and pet parade and there is a “come and wear any type of hat and get in line” parade at the Hat Parade in Dillsboro NC.  The events this week are fun and oh such great family experiences.

As always, I try to select a theme of event types going on across the U.S. every week that I think people would like know. I highlight those that fit the bill here and hope that it spurs interest in attending events in your area. Events are a great way to have a shared experience with family, friends or your significant other. If you are interested in finding events taking place near you, you can use the search box above and also sign up for our free weekly email of events in your backyard. It is emailed right to you every Wednesday night so you can be armed with that information as you make your weekend plans. Make sure you don’t miss out on any events taking place near you!

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade

Mar 30, 2013

Downtown Louisville, KY US 40299

Since 1993, the celebration includes antique cars, homemade family floats, bagpipers, dance teams, mounted Sheriff’s posse, Shriner’s and the talking police cars.

Easter Hat Parade

Mar 30, 2013

Town Hall Dillsboro, NC US 28725

Since 1989, merchants, locals and visitors don their prettiest, funniest, biggest, smallest or outlandish hats and parade thru the towne lead by the mayor and accompanied by the local antique car clubs.Get your face painted!. Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 11 am. Parade starts from Dillsboro Town Hall at 2pm. Antique cars from the Old Timers Model A Club lead the parade. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. Grab your hat and join in the fun during Dillsboro’s delightfully unpretentious annual Easter Hat Parade!

Easter Promenade

Mar 31, 2013

Plaza de la Constitucion Saint Augustine, FL US 32095

Annual event featuring locals and visitors alike promenading through in their Easter finery. Prizes are awarded for prettiest hats, largest family, family from farthest away, best-dressed animals and more.

Easter Fashion Parade

Mar 31, 2013

Music Pier Ocean City, NJ US 08226

The traditional parade allows everyone to come out and show off your Easter best. Come dressed in your Easter’s best to stroll in our Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny.

Easter on Parade

Mar 31, 2013

Historic Monument Avenue Richmond, VA US 23298

This street festival on historic Monument Avenue is Richmond’s favorite spring celebration. Each year more than 25,000 people converge upon the four-block site to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beauty of Monument Avenue, taking this once-a-year opportunity to stroll in the streets. Music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, balloon artistry, a petting zoo, and of course, people and pet watching are all part of the celebration. This is a parade of Richmonders. Admission is free. The highlight of the event promises to be the ever-popular Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcases, held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen Avenue. Roving entertainment includes Jonathan Austin, More or Less Morris Dancers, a stilt walker and Peggy the Clown.
25,000 Attendees

Easter Bonnet Parade and Pet Parade

Mar 30, 2013

Downtown Parade Route Virginia City, NV US 89440

Prizes awarded for the best bonnets and headwear. A parade to beat all parades. Come one come all in your finest Easter finery or dress up your lovable pet. Parade starts at noon and line up is at the Virginia Beef Jerky Company at 11:30am. Prize winners will be announced 15 minutes after the parade at the Bucket of Blood.

Easter Fashion Stroll

Mar 31, 2013

Washington Street Mall Cape May, NJ US 08204

The Washington Street Mall serves as the runway where contestants of all ages can model their Easter finery. Mall merchants will celebrate the event with ribbons, prizes, treats and gift certificates. And of course, the Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures and hugs, and will be giving out free Jelly Beans courtesy of The Original Fudge Kitchen. The Cape May Dairy Queen and The Original Fudge Kitchen will provide free ice cream for all children who are contestants. Registration begins at noon near the Rotary Clock at the 300 block of the Washington Street Mall. Contestants start strolling at 1 p.m. Children’s categories include: Ages 3 and under; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12; 13 and up; and best children’s Easter bonnet. Adult and family categories include Best Dressed Lady; Best Dressed Man; Best Dressed Couple; Best Dressed Family and best adult Easter bonnet. Awards will be given to the first, second and third place contestants in all categories.

Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade

Mar 31, 2013

Union Street San Francisco, CA US 94133

Since 1992 gourmet food booths, live entertainment on two stages, a large family adventure area with children’s activities including a petting zoo, face painting and pony rides. The parade will feature marching bands, balloons and many participants. Parade is at 2pm. Judging for the Easter Bonnet Contest occurs at the judging booth on Union Street at Buchanan from 11:15 – 1:30. Categories include Best in Show, Best Couple, Best Family, Best Pet, Best Children, Best Merchant, Most Elegant, Largest Hat, Most Comical, and Most Creative. The awards are given at 3:30 PM on the Main Stage at Buchanan.
50,000 Attendees

Easter Day Promenade

Mar 31, 2013

Firehouse Seaside Heights, NJ US 08751

Come out to the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights and stroll along in your Easter finery. Flowers will be distributed by the Mayor and Council.

St. Augustine Easter Parade

Mar 31, 2013

Mission of Nombre de Dios Saint Augustine, FL US 32084

Since 1958. Enjoy the spectacle of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Royal Family and the city’s carriage horses wearing hats donated by nationally- recognized women. Trophies will be presented in four categories

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