Easter Sunday: a day full of eggs and bunnies and chocolate and marshmallows shaped like small ducks. If you’re going to be in New York City during the holiday, don’t expect us to treat the day any different than Small Town, USA. Churches will be packed, patrons will be wearing their finest outfits and parks will be filled with plastic eggs with dozens of small children hunting them. Lines for brunch will be out the door and like any Easter, the day may seem overwhelming.
So this year, before you set your family plan for the day, check out our guide to surviving Easter Sunday:
Have an egg hunt for your children
Remember when you were a kid and you ran through the park or your house or the church looking for a few eggs? When you think about it too much, it probably doesn’t make much sense, but it was so much fun! Treat your kids to that same experience. Buy a dozen plastic eggs and hide them throughout your local park. Avoid the chaos that inevitably comes with these organized events and just do it yourself!
If you would rather take part in a large-scale, organized event, here are a few of New York City’s best options:
Brunch is fantastic. It’s breakfast and lunch. Seriously, as far as meals go, it doesn’t get much better than that. Brunch and Easter Sunday go together like peanut butter and jelly, so tons of restaurants are going to be participating throughout NYC. The trick is to plan ahead. Find out what restaurants are going to be near your hotel (or apartment) and make a reservation (you’d be surprised how many restaurants take brunch reservations on Easter). That way, you won’t have to battle long lines and endless waits to eat your eggs and French fries.
Check out the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
The cool thing about this parade is that it isn’t as parade-y as other New York City parades. There isn’t much organization here, so when I say it starts on Fifth Avenue somewhere around 45th Street, that’s all I can really tell you. Everyone seems to be reporting something different. It ends only about 10 blocks uptown and doesn’t feature any floats or balloons. Instead, it features bonnets. So find yourself some awesome headgear and head over to Fifth Ave. The event begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m.
Here are pictures from last year’s festival via Huffington Post
Well, there it is: the quick and dirty on how to celebrate Easter in New York City. Most importantly, whatever you do this Easter, make sure that you take some time to see the City and have fun!