The hats are back.
The Easter Parade in New York City came back to life on Sunday along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The tradition, which started more than a century and a half ago as a spontaneous stroll after church services during the holiday season, has since grown into an annual fashion promenade. After a pandemic break in 2020 and 2021, people once again took to the avenue, around 53rd Street, to be seen and see each other, doing their part to give way to the dark colors of winter with mood-boosting bright lights and over the art top costumes. Hats and other finery were unpacked, decorated and worn with pride – not just as a fashion statement, but as a statement of spirit.