Easter Parade, Richmond
This is not the kind of parade where you have some guy dressed like the Easter bunny riding a float with an off-key high school band in tow. At this party, it's the folks who make the parade. The Richmond Easter Parade is a historic event where locals take to Monument Avenue every Easter Sunday for a leisurely stroll up and down the blocked-off avenue from 1-5pm between the Allen and Davis side streets. Local bands play bluegrass and jazz from the front porches of the mansions. Arts and crafts vendors sell jewelry, paintings and more. A bunch of clowns, folks on stilts, and even the Easter Bunny himself are there to entertain the kids. The best Easter entertainment is the people-watching. The Easter Bonnet contest makes for something to see every year. Richmond ladies (and a few men: this is the Fan, after all) create their own Easter bonnet concoctions from styrofoam, mini Easter bunnies and anything else they have to impress the judges. This year, there was the first Pet Bonnet Contest. The bonnets look ridiculous enough on folks, but they were hillarious on the pets. Seeing the pets dressed like this, you have to wonder if they are equipped to feel embarrassed.
Normally, the parade is held on Easter Sunday. However, this Easter, it was postponed by the threat of rain. It didn't actually rain and some local residents grumbled and some threatened not to sign the petition authorising the closing of the street. In my opinion, the previous week's event was prematurely cancelled, but enough people signed the petition to close off the roads in order to have the parade the following Sunday.
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