Hats amaz­ing!

NYC’s Easter Pa­rade gives cre­ative types a chance to put on think­ing caps

The China Post - - LIFE - BY VER­ENA DOBNIK

The bon­nets were out on Fifth Av­enue for the an­nual Easter Pa­rade — out­landish 21st cen­tury head­pieces that were hardly bon­nets, fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from bun­nies and but­ter­flies to grassy, eggdot­ted lawns and even a tall ship on the high seas.

And the pa­rade is hardly a pa­rade. In­stead, while Easter Sun­day Mass was cel­e­brated at St. Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral, with Cardinal Ti­mothy Dolan at the al­tar, the av­enue was milling with peo­ple decked out in home­made cos­tumes that seem to get zanier each year.

The crowd in­cluded Chris­tians, Jews, Hin­dus, ag­nos­tics, athe­ists and oth­ers who felt like strolling around Man­hat­tan on a sunny spring day, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of tourists.

“It’s all about ver­sa­til­ity,” said Mary Anna Smith, a New York cus­tom milliner whose busi­ness card reads “The Tipsy Top­per.”

It took her a half day to fash­ion her “hat”: a bright blue sail­ing ship float­ing on sea foam, made from an elab­o­rate kite and some fluffy white stuff she said was “a trade se­cret.”

“It’s about sail­ing to new heights,” said Smith.

She also cre­ated head­pieces for two friends, one topped with a mas­sive but­ter­fly and an­other with a trop­i­cal um­brella drip­ping with felt balls and an­chored to a bird’s nest, then to hu­man hair.

Just feet from the pa­rade, the trio was tend­ing to last-minute fin­ish­ing touches, adding bobby pins to make sure the con­trap­tions didn’t top­ple.

“It’s Easter and I didn’t want to be too gar­ish,” said Smith’s friend, Kristen Lee Sergeant, a Man­hat­tan jazz singer in a sim­ple green dress. “But then again, I do have a huge but­ter­fly on my head!”

The 2015 Easter Pa­rade bore lit­tle re­sem­blance to the first one, which started in the 1880s as a strolling dis­play of what pros­per­ous New York­ers wore to Fifth Av­enue churches. In re­cent decades, the street gath­er­ing has mor­phed into a sort of cos­tume cir­cus — in­clud­ing pet dogs.

Car­men, a 1.8 kilo­gram Chi­huahua, was not ex­actly happy with her getup.

“She didn’t love this one be­cause it’s kind of heavy, and she won’t walk in it. But if I carry her, she’s fine,” said owner Melissa Me­jias.

A con­sul­tant to the city’s Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Me­jias dab­bles in dog at­tire.

She used a dog-size pat­tern to sew Car­men’s coat from one of her old shirts, adorn­ing it with a flow­ery head­band plus a neck­lace pur­chased from a com­pany that makes ac­ces­sories for tweens. And to make sure Car­men didn’t run off into the el­bow-to-el­bow crowd, Me­jias kept her on a be­jew­eled leash.

As for Me­jias, she wore her mother-in­law’s old Easter hat to the pa­rade, a dark red vel­vet one she’d pulled out of a closet.

“I’m car­ry­ing on that tra­di­tion,” said Me­jias.

Sort of.

AP

(Right) Pata Luna Llano poses as she takes part in the Easter Pa­rade along Fifth Av­enue on Sun­day. The bon­nets were out on Fifth Av­enue for the an­nual Easter Pa­rade — out­landish 21st cen­tury head­pieces that were hardly bon­nets, fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from bun­nies and but­ter­flies to grassy, egg-dot­ted lawns and even a tall ship on the high seas.

AP

(Left) Davey Mitchell poses for pho­to­graphs as he takes part in the Easter Pa­rade along New York’s Fifth Av­enue on Sun­day, April 5.

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