Fun Photos Of All The Wild Hats People Wear To New York City's Easter Parade

No one loves a batshit-crazy hat like New Yorkers on Easter.

The New York City Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival down Fifth Avenue is a curious thing. It seems as though a casual stroll down Fifth Avenue just happened one day in the 1800s, not city sanctioned or devised by a certain church group, and was pleasant enough that the stroll attracted more and more people in their Easter finery until it became a full-blown attraction unto itself. Today, church service isn't as much of a prerequisite for the parade as it is something that happens alongside the revelers in their fancy hats. We looked back at some of the more fun millinery from recent years, ahead of the parade's planned return this Sunday, April 17.

A woman wearing a lage floral arrangement and a man in a matching suit
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People wearing costumes participate in the Easter parade on Easter Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 4, 2021, in New York City.

A woman wearing a large hat that says Happy Easter
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A participant wears a hat during the Easter parade on April 21, 2019, in New York City.

A peson wearing a hat made out of jellybeans and cups to look like a giant flower
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A participant seen wearing a colorful bonnet during the Easter parade hosted on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan on April 1, 2018.

Two women in black hats and necklaces made of Easter eggs carrying baskets that look like peeps pose with a man in a purple suit
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Participants seen wearing colorful bonnets during the Easter parade on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in 2018.

A woman wearing a large headdress and earrings smiles at the camera
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A woman wears a decorated hat during the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on April 21, 2019.

A woman in a hat that looks like a cake covered in flowers and a woman in an elaborate hat covered with easter eggs
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Two people wearing Easter hats on Fifth Avenue in undated photos.

A woman wearing a silver embellished mask stands amid a crowd of people on the street
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The annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival once again takes over a sliver of Midtown Manhattan as revelers dressed in their holiday finery gather around St. Patrick's Cathedral in April 2018.

Four women with hats and elaborate costumes pose in the street
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People gather in Midtown for the annual Easter parade on April 21, 2019, in New York City. Each year, New Yorkers put on their most creative hats and stroll down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday.

A woman with a baseball hat covered in peace and love signs
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The annual Easter parade once again takes over a sliver of Midtown as revelers gather around St. Patrick's Cathedral in 2018 in New York City.

A woman wearing a large hat with flowers swirls around
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A woman twirls wearing an Easter hat and dress as she participates in the 2019 Easter parade on Fifth Avenue on April 21, 2019, in New York City.

Men with hats covered in shoes smile
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Participants wearing costumes and hats attend the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on April 21, 2019, in New York City.

A man in a very high hat decorated with stuffed animals stands by an NYPD car as many people walk by
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A man wears a decorated hat during the annual Easter parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on April 21, 2019.

Smiling people with hats covered in flowers
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People wear decorated hats during the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue on April 21, 2019, in New York City.

Close-up of colorful hat decorated with paper flowers worn by a woman
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A woman seen wearing a colorful bonnet during the parade in 2018

Three women in hats covered with baubles and balloons
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The annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival once again takes over a sliver of Midtown Manhattan with revelers dressed in their holiday finery in 2018.

A woman with a large pink hat covered in ribbons
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A participant seen in a fancy costume during the Easter parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City in 2019

Two men with top hats covered in flowers
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Tom Nickel and Dwayne Skeete wear flower hats in Midtown for the annual Easter parade on April 21, 2019, in New York City.

A woman with a hat that looks like a globe and says Save Me
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The annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival once again takes over a sliver of Midtown Manhattan with revelers dressed in their holiday finery in April 2018.

A giant pink hat with pink fringe in a crowd of churchgoers
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People attend Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral during the annual Easter parade on April 16, 2017, in New York City.

A smiling man holds up two toy dogs wearing jackets, hats, and sunglasses
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A man holds two dogs wearing decorated hats during the annual Easter parade on Fifth Avenue on April 21, 2019, in New York City.

A group of women, some kneeling, smile in their Easter Sunday best
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Paradegoers celebrate Easter and don festive hats at the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue on April 16, 2017, in New York City.

A man in a large, colorful hat gives the peace sign
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Participants wearing costumes and hats attend the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on April 21, 2019, in New York City.