Now I understand the words to the Easter parade better
You’ve probably heard the song “Easter Parade” many times from the 1948 musical film starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and featuring music by Irving Berlin. The song is actually about the real Easter Parade that has been taking place for over a century and still takes place in an informal way in New York City. “This parade doesn’t have any floats or marching bands but it is a spectacle nonetheless. From around the world, people come to New York City to participate. Outfits range from elegant to outrageous. From outfits accented with live animals to civil war period costumes and the latest high fashions, there is a little bit of everything for the parade viewer.”
Huge crowd in Atlantic City
I imagine the Easter parades were really something to see, but I believe I might become a little claustrophobic in the huge crowd we can see in this remarkable film taken on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in 1904 by the Thomas Edison silent film company.
The people are all in their Easter finery as they parade on the boardwalk near Green’s Hotel, and near a pier in Atlantic City. Near the middle of the film, the camera catches the people in close-up scenes. Some people have chosen to ride in stroller chairs, one man pushes a baby carriage. It must have been windy since many ladies are holding their hats.
The photograph below by Bain News service was of 5th Avenue around Easter, 1910.
Notice the dressmaker taking notes of the Easter dresses in this 1900 Photograph by Bain News Service.
Even opera singer Enrico Caruso participated in the Easter parade as seen in this photo on Easter day, March 23, 1913, New York City.
These two photographs of 5th Avenue were taken in 1908. It was a very crowded Easter parade.
These men seem to be enjoying the show on 5th Avenue in 1910.
Some people enjoyed watching like these on the church steps in 1900.
This is another view of 5th Avenue in 1900.
Atlantic City also had an Easter parade as seen in this photograph taken April 26, 1915. Look in the sand and you will see a man making a sand sculpture.
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