Easter weekend is a pretty big thing in my family, usually filled with days out, family events and lots of chocolate. This year was the first year I was away from home on my own and I was kind of worried it wouldn’t feel like Easter. To be honest, for the two weeks leading up to Easter, I’d forgotten it was that time of year. I was so busy traveling around and taking everything in that the time of year slipped to the back of my mind, and it wasn’t until I saw Easter themed gifts in shops in Boston that I clicked it was Easter weekend. Still wanting to do something to celebrate the weekend, I decided to go on the hunt near my hotel to find some celebrations and NYC didn’t disappoint.
The Rockerfeller Center
Just a few blocks from my hotel, the Rockerfeller Centre was an unmistakable landmark. Although the Ice Rink was still out (I think it was actually the last weekend), the streets surrounding the centre were lined with the most beautiful flower displays. With every shade of spring being represented in the blooms, I fell in love with the Easter Rabbit display which magically rotated and was surrounded by giant decorated Easter Eggs. Taking a moment just to sit and enjoy some calm (and rest my feet) in the chaotic city, it was lovely to just appreciate the spring scents and pastel colours of the display before heading onto 5th Avenue for more Easter fun.
Easter Bonnet Parade 2017
Knowing I was going to be in New York for Easter meant a bit of research on my part to see what actually happened. I’d already got some sightseeing planned but wanted to get my Easter fix before heading off and exploring. Whilst most places were open as normal on Easter Sunday, a section of 5th Avenue was shut down for pedestrians during the morning, giving rise to the annual Easter Bonnet Parade. I’d read a little about the parade but didn’t really know what to expect walking into it. The street was absolutely full of people, a mix of bonnet participants and eager on-lookers. As for a parade, well it was less of a traditional parade and more of a mingling. Wandering around the crowded street you couldn’t help but bump into people wearing a mix of creations, from the stylish and chic, to the custom-made and political. As expected, there were a lot of political references and, as a sign of the times, these seemed to get full attention. Being so close to Trump Tower and just opposite St. Patricks Cathedral there was an obvious police presence, but the atmosphere was still fun and family-friendly. From Magic to the Caribbean, every theme imaginable was on display, and you really never knew what was next on the street. After spending an hour walking round, I was in need of a break from the crowds, but you could easily spend all morning walking up the street, interacting with participants or even giving it a try yourself. My favorite? A toss up between the beautifully dressed lady in pink and the smiling man in the top hat; both of them had pure style and class.
If you’re in New York over Easter Weekend I’d definitely recommend heading down to the parade to soak up the atmosphere. Make sure you grab some rabbit ears and join in with all the celebrations! Despite being away, I still managed to get my Easter fix and this will be one year I definitely remember.
What did you do during Easter weekend? What are your favorite celebrations? I’d love to hear in the comments below!