Spending Easter Sunday in New York City

If you are looking for an extra special way to celebrate Easter this year with your family, what more exciting way to do so than spending Easter Sunday, even the entire weekend, in New York City? Take in the many sites and events New York City has to offer. Take the kids on an Easter egg hunt, enjoy the annual Easter Parade, even participate in the world-famous Easter Parade.

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

Although the New York City Easter Parade is not as organized or spectacular as other more traditional parades, it remains a delightful and traditional part of New York City’s annual Easter Sunday celebration. Unlike other parades, there are no floats or marching bands but there will be thousands of “paraders” strutting their finery from gorgeous Easter outfits and Easter bonnets to more outrageous costumes and hats. People are expected to come from all over the world to participate or spectate, marching in the parade themselves or simply enjoying the costumes and finery of others. Many paraders march with their costumed pets as well.

This year’s 2014 Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival will take place, as is traditional, on Easter Sunday, April 20th. The parade will start at 10:00 am and continue until 4:00 pm. The parade will take place on Fifth Avenue starting at 49th Street and continuing up to 55th Street. The area is usually closed to vehicular traffic during the parade. The area near St. Patrick’s Cathedral is recommended as the best place for watching the parade.

Egg hunts and activities

Check out the traditional Easter Egg Hunt held most years in Central Park. There are also many additional egg hunts and Easter activities scheduled throughout New York City for the kids and outside the city as well. You can check online for specific dates, times and locations, as not all of the events and activities are scheduled during Easter weekend. It is always a good idea to check events before going for any changes in scheduling.

Easter Sunday church services

If you would like to include Easter Sunday church services during your visit to New York City, many churches located near the parade site will be holding Easter services and will be open to the public. If you plan on attending services at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located at 50th Street and 5th Avenue, several services will be held throughout the day. Some of the services will require tickets. After a morning or evening service, consider a lovely Easter brunch or dinner at one of the many NYC restaurants.

New York City is an exciting place to visit. There is so much to see and do, including the many special Easter activities and celebrations scattered throughout the city. Celebrate an Easter your family will remember for a long time.