The traditional Easter Parade dates back to the mid-1800s. The upper crust of society in New York City would stroll outside after attending church services and show off their outfits and hats.
Soon afterwards, the average citizens began showing up along 5th avenue to check out all the action.
The Easter Parade is still held as a tradition in Manhattan. Several blocks are shut down to traffic and participants sport their elaborate bonnets and hats. Easter processions have been a part of Christianity since its earliest days. New York City is not the only city in America to have an Easter Parade,but 5th Avenue is where it all began.