COME OUT SATURDAY, MARCH 26 @10:00AM
The Easter promenade is an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday. Typically, it is a somewhat informal and unorganized event, with or without religious significance. Persons participating in an Easter parade traditionally dress in new and fashionable clothing, particularly ladies hats, and strive to impress others with their finery. The Easter parade is most closely associated with Fifth Avenue in New York City, but Easter parades are held in many other cities. Starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s, the New York parade became increasingly popular into the mid-20th century-in 1847, it was estimated to draw over a million people. Its popularity has declined significantly, drawing only 30,000 in 2008.
An Easter bonnet is any new or fancy hat worn at Easter, by tradition. It represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.
At the depths of the great depression a new hat at Easter, or a refurbished old one was a simply luxury.
Charleston South Carolina is celebrating it's 15th Easter promenade.
It is Easter time in our beautiful town. The ladies don their stylish Easter bonnets reflecting the charm and tradition of the South. Elegantly dressed ladies, gents, and children will gather for photo ops on Palmer Street in front of the First Citizens Bank at 10:00am and then promenade up Palmer Street to Mayor Herrings home wishing everyone a "Happy Easter"! Followed by our annual Easter egg hunt with our Ridgeway Easter bunny for all the boys and girls with refreshments and prizes.
This is our 6th annual promenade making wonderful memories with our families.
Posted on March 26th, 2016.