This Sunday, the annual New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival will not take over 5th Avenue as it has for many, many years. (The first parade dates back to the late 1800s!) Instead, the Fifth Avenue Association is asking would-be participants to post their Easter hat photos to Instagram using the hashtag #EasterOnFifth; they will then share the best bonnet moments on their website on Tuesday, April 14th.

Organizers for the event wrote: "The colorful spirit of the New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival will live on this year but only with YOUR HELP! The annual event, dating back to the 1870s, was scheduled for this Sunday before being postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. In its place, we invite you to dress up in your Easter finest, strike a pose, and participate in our virtual parade..."

Click through the above gallery from the Before Times for inspiration if you want to make your own hat with whatever you've got at home (toilet paper and chickpeas?), and then check out the late great Bill Cunningham's documentation of the event right here. The NY Times notes that the New York legend "chronicled the event, which he called 'a carnival celebration of spring,' from the 1950s until the end of his life in 2016."

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The parade usually takes place on 5th Avenue from around 49th Street to 57th, passing by St. Patrick's Cathedral along the way. This year, that church will livestream an Easter mass at 10 a.m. which you can watch here.