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Six of the strangest Easter traditions from around the world:New York's Easter Parade decades ago

 

 

Six of the strangest Easter traditions from around the world:New York's Easter Parade decades ago

Six of the strangest Easter traditions from around the world

  • Christians nailed to crosses in the Philippines in reenactment of Jesus's suffering
  • 'Penance processions' through the streets of Spain performed by Catholic religious brotherhoods
  • Women whipped with branches and thrown into rivers in Slovakia
  • And underground procession in Poland's oldest working mine

As Christians around the world gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, MailOnline looks at some of the more unusual religious ceremonies and Easter traditions happening across the globe this week.

From real-life reenactments of the crucifixion in the Philippines to the lavish wedding of a cow and bull in India, there is certainly no shortage of bizarre traditions to mark this important spring holiday...

 

Christians are nailed to crosses in the Philippines every year in a real-life Good Friday reenactment of Jesus's suffering.

The annual ritual, dating back to the 1950s, takes place across the country - often attracting a crowd of thousands of people.

Last year, nine men were crucified in Pampanga province's San Pedro Cutud village, while at least eight others were crucified in neighbouring villages.

Many take part to atone for sins, pray for the sick or for a better life, or to give thanks for what they believe were miracles.

Grim reenactment: Three Filipinos are nailed to crosses in a Good Friday crucifixion in Barangay Cutud, San Fernando. The event last year attracted a crowd of around 10,000 people

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Grim reenactment: Three Filipinos are nailed to crosses in a Good Friday crucifixion in Barangay Cutud, San Fernando. The event last year attracted a crowd of around 10,000 people

Agony: Penitent Bobby Gomez grimaces as a nail is hammered into his hand in the Good Friday celebration

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Agony: Penitent Bobby Gomez grimaces as a nail is hammered into his hand in the Good Friday celebration

Ruben Enaje, a painter, 51, last year took part in the crucifixions for the 26th time. He began taking part in the annual event to give thanks after he survived falling from a building.

He added that despite the crucifixions being condemned he still took part because the Church 'stay at home during Good Friday instead of reaching out to penitents to explain their side'.

He had three-inch steel nails hammered into his palms during the ceremony.

The spectacle is a unique brand of Catholicism that merges church traditions with Philippine folk superstitions. More than 80 per cent of the Philippines' estimated 90 million population are Catholic.

Close-up: Participant Percy Valencia. 41, has a nail going all the way through her hand during the re-enactment Extreme worship: Two five-inch stainless steel nails pierce through the feet of a penitent during a Good Friday ritual re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in San Fernando, northern Philippines

Extreme worship: A Filipino devotee has his hands nailed to the cross. Penitents also have nails pushed through their feet as they re-enact the crucifixion

 

Traditional marches take place throughout Spanish towns and cities to mark Holy Week - the last week of Lent, attracting tourists from around the world.

The 'penance processions' through the streets are performed by Catholic religious brotherhoods who wear different coloured robes to tell themselves apart.

They also don conical hoods for the haunting processions as they carry life-size effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary accompanied by dramatic drum beats and mournful music. Traditionally these hood maintained their anonymity.

Oath of Silence: Penitents from the 'Cristo de las Injurias' brotherhood fall silent for Holy Wednesday

Oath of Silence: Penitents from the 'Cristo de las Injurias' brotherhood fall silent for Holy Wednesday

Catholic celebration: A Christ of the Hearsay brotherhood member holds her hooded baby during 'Procesion del Silencio' in Zamora

Catholic celebration: A Christ of the Hearsay brotherhood member holds her hooded baby during 'Procesion del Silencio' in Zamora

Procession of silence: Brotherhood members stand in front of a statue of Christ during the Holy Week procession

Procession of silence: Brotherhood members stand in front of a statue of Christ during the Holy Week procession

Candle-lit procession: Penitents march in the 'Procesion del Silencio' to mark Holy Week in Spain

Candle-lit procession: Penitents march in the 'Procesion del Silencio' to mark Holy Week in Spain

The sobriety of the processions varies during Holy Week, from the quiet El Silencio march in the early hours of Good Friday to more celebratory, musical processions to celebrate Christ rising again.

Up to a million visitors head to Seville for Holy Week (known as Semana Santa in Spanish), collecting programmes of the varying processions and following them through the city.

The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages when penitents would be dressed in the robes before walking through the streets.

Uniform: The fraternity is identifiable only by the colour of its hood and dress - which shows the badge of the brotherhood on their chests

Uniform: The fraternity is identifiable only by the colour of its hood and dress - which shows the badge of the brotherhood on their chests

Colourful procession: The brotherhood wears red hoods and white tunics to take part in the Holy Wednesday procession

Colourful procession: The brotherhood wears red hoods and white tunics to take part in the Holy Wednesday procession

A penitent falls with his horse as they take part in the 'Procesion del Silencio' by the 'Cristo de las Injurias' brotherhood during Holy Week in Zamora

A penitent falls with his horse as they take part in the 'Procesion del Silencio' by the 'Cristo de las Injurias' brotherhood during Holy Week in Zamora

Church selfie: Penitents take their photos inside a church in Malaga, Spain, as part of Holy Week celebrations

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Church selfie: Penitents take their photos inside a church in Malaga, Spain, as part of Holy Week celebrations

It is still an annual event throughout Spain and many who take part walk barefoot while others have shackled feet as penance. Others carry ceremonial candles or wooden crosses.

Every brotherhood carries floats which depict different scenes from the gospels related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of Virgin Mary and there is great pride in taking part.

Malaga-born actor Antonio Banderas tries to return to his hometown each year to take part in the processions for his brotherhood 'Tears and Favours', becoming quite the star attraction.

Religious fervour: Penitents of the San Gonzalo brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in the Andalucian capital of Seville

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Religious fervour: Penitents of the San Gonzalo brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in the Andalucian capital of Seville

Paying penance: The San Gonzalo brotherhood marched through the night, their red candles leaving their hoods stained with wax

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Paying penance: The San Gonzalo brotherhood marched through the night, their red candles leaving their hoods stained with wax

Countrywide: While Seville has the most famous Semana Santa processions, villages and towns across Spain stage their own Holy Week events

Countrywide: While Seville has the most famous Semana Santa processions, villages and towns across Spain stage their own Holy Week events

Everyday event: Children play in the background as a penitent watches a march from 'Jesus en su Tercera CaiŒda' brotherhood during a procession in Zamora, Spain

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Everyday event: Children play in the background as a penitent watches a march from 'Jesus en su Tercera CaiŒda' brotherhood during a procession in Zamora, Spain

Spectacle: A woman and a boy look from a window as a penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood walks past them during Holy Week in Seville

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Spectacle: A woman and a boy look from a window as a penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood walks past them during Holy Week in Seville

Underground procession in Poland

Polish miners mark Good Friday by staging their own celebrations underground at the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

A procession known as the Underground Way of the Holy Cross takes place, with miners donning ceremonial uniforms and marching to a salt monument of Pope John Paul II in the underground Kinga Chapel.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the oldest known salt mines of the world and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978.

The Kinga Chapel lies at some 318ft underground and tourists can visit on organised tours to discover the underground town created by the miners, complete with lakes passages and the chapel itself.

Pop John Paul II is just one of the important historical figures to have visited this unusual religious site, where mining has continued since the Middle Ages.

With nine levels, the original excavations stretch for nearly 186 miles reaching the depth of 1,000ft.

Deeper underground: Polish miners in ceremonial uniforms carry a wooden cross during the Underground Way of the Holy Cross procession

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Deeper underground: Polish miners in ceremonial uniforms carry a wooden cross during the Underground Way of the Holy Cross procession

Sacred celebration: Miners mark Good Friday with a procession through the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town of Wieliczka

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Sacred celebration: Miners mark Good Friday with a procession through the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town of Wieliczka

Holy hideaway: A statue of Pope John Paul II has been erected in the iconic Kinga Chapel which is located 318ft underground

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Holy hideaway: A statue of Pope John Paul II has been erected in the iconic Kinga Chapel which is located 318ft underground

Sacred duty: The ceremony is one of the most unusual Easter celebrations to take place in the world due to its unique location

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Sacred duty: The ceremony is one of the most unusual Easter celebrations to take place in the world due to its unique location

Self-flagellation in the Philippines

With their bare backs covered in blood and their faces hidden by hoods, devoted Catholics in the Philippines atone for their sins by taking part in gory Maundy Thursday self-flagellation rituals.

The barefoot penitents walk through the streets whipping themselves or with pointed wooden sticks tied to their arms as they take part in the rituals to atone for their sins, seek a better life or give thanks.

Every year thousands of foreign and local visitors line the streets to watch the rituals in San Fernando, north of Manila, and the suburban Mandaluyong, to the east of Manila.

Ritual: Hooded penitents in the Philippines flagellate themselves as part of the Maundy Thursday rituals to atone for sins in Mandaluyong, east of Manila

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Ritual: Hooded penitents in the Philippines flagellate themselves as part of the Maundy Thursday rituals to atone for sins in Mandaluyong, east of Manila

Painful: Devotees with wooden stakes tied to their arms pray during a painful ritual as part of the observance of Maundy Thursday in Mandaluyong city

Painful: Devotees with wooden stakes tied to their arms pray during a painful ritual as part of the observance of Maundy Thursday in Mandaluyong city

Wounds: A penitent lies on the ground after flagellating himself during a Holy Week ritual to atone for his sin, on a street in Mandaluyong City

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Wounds: A penitent lies on the ground after flagellating himself during a Holy Week ritual to atone for his sin, on a street in Mandaluyong City

Disapproval: The Catholic Church disapproves of the rituals and warn such expressions of faith could actually take away from the real meaning of Lent

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Disapproval: The Catholic Church disapproves of the rituals and warn such expressions of faith could actually take away from the real meaning of Lent

Prayers: Flagellants pray in front of the altar while performing their ritual during the observance of Maundy Thursday in Mandaluyong

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Prayers: Flagellants pray in front of the altar while performing their ritual during the observance of Maundy Thursday in Mandaluyong

Tradition: Every year thousands of foreign and local visitors watch the rituals in San Fernando, north of Manila, and the suburban Mandaluyong, to the east of Manila

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Tradition: Every year thousands of foreign and local visitors watch the rituals in San Fernando, north of Manila, and the suburban Mandaluyong, to the east of Manila

The hooded and barefoot penitents in San Fernando lash their backs as they make their way along narrow roads which lead to a dusty hill, where other men dressed as Jesus Christ are nailed to wooden crosses.

The Catholic Church in the country disapproves of the rituals and warns such expressions of faith could actually take away from the real meaning of Lent.

According to UCANews.com, Catholic bishops in the Philippines this week warned penitents not to carry out the rituals of self-flagellation and crucifixion as part of this year's Good Friday observances.

An Easter whipping in Slovakia

You wouldn't want to be a woman over the Easter weekend in Slovakia.

The fairer sex can expect to be whipped with willow branches and doused in water, but it's all good fun and actually performed with the aim of making women more beautiful and healthy.

The folk custom, once believed to purify the soul and body, predates Christianity, which arrived in Slovakia in the ninth century but became intertwined with Easter traditions as history passed.

Folk festival: Men and women wear traditional dress over the Easter weekend in Slovakia as they follow the unusual custom of whipping women with branches

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Folk festival: Men and women wear traditional dress over the Easter weekend in Slovakia as they follow the unusual custom of whipping women with branches

 

Festive fun: Men and boys take great delight in pouring buckets of water over the women of the village as part of a celebration to help them become more healthy and beautiful Festive fun: Men and boys take great delight in pouring buckets of water over the women of the village as part of a celebration to help them become more healthy and beautiful

Festive fun: Men and boys take great delight in pouring buckets of water over the women of the village as part of a celebration to help them become more beautiful

Take a dip: Some of the more enthusiastic boys take the opportunity to throw girls into a nearby river

Take a dip: Some of the more enthusiastic boys take the opportunity to throw girls into a nearby river

Choose your weapon: Hand-made wicker-rods, (in Slovakia known as 'kourbash') are used by men to whip women as part of the old Easter custom

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Choose your weapon: Hand-made wicker-rods, (in Slovakia known as 'kourbash') are used by men to whip women as part of the old Easter custom

According to ethnographer Viera Feglová, the unusual tradition originated as part of folk beliefs based on nature's cycle and spring being a time of rebirth.

The practice used to be seen across the whole country, but died out somewhat uder Communist rule in the late 20th century. Now in bigger cities, women tend to be sprayed with scented water.

However, in smaller towns and villages, women can still expect to have buckets of water poured over them, be playfully whipped with decorated branches and even thrown into the local river by some over-enthusiastic males.

Crucifixion at a Jesus theme park in Argentina

It is the ultimate kitsch theme park dedicated entirely to telling the story of Jesus and during Easter this Argentinian attraction goes into overdrive.

With a plastic Jesus who is resurrected every 60 minutes and plastic statues depicting the Passion, it is already a must-see attraction for the devout, with hundreds gathering each hour to watch the statue emerge from a rocky outcrop to survey the crowds.

During the Easter weekend, actors take up the role to bring the passion to life, carrying the cross through the park and being crucified by Roman soldiers.

The attraction is a huge hit with Latin American tourists, who travel from miles around to come and see what is billed at the world's first religious theme park.

Holy Land: The Tierra Santa attraction is promoted as the first religious theme park in the world and draws visitors from across Argentina and Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Bolivia

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Holy Land: The Tierra Santa attraction is promoted as the first religious theme park in the world and draws visitors from across Argentina and Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Bolivia

Passion of the Christ: During the Easter weekend actors tell the story of the Crucifixion and Jesus' resurrection

Passion of the Christ: During the Easter weekend actors tell the story of the Crucifixion and Jesus' resurrection

 

Saintly statue: Every 60 minutes Christ is 'resurrected' by emerging from a rocky outcrop to survey the crowds around him Starring role: Local actors play out the Passion of the Christ

Unusual attraction: Every 60 minutes a plastic Christ is 'resurrected', emerging from a rocky outcrop, and during the Easter weekend the Passion is played out by actors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Easter, in the Greek village of Vrontados, members of rival churches sitting across a small valley stage a "rocket war" by firing thousands of homemade rockets towards each other while services are held. The objective for each side is to strike the bell of the opposing church. The festival, called Rouketopolemos, has been celebrated by the churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani for at least 125 years, its exact origins a mystery. Gathered here are images of this rocket war from the past few years.

Rockets fly over bell tower of Agios Markos church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on April 26, 2008. Two rival parishes of Vrontados village fire thousands of rockets every Easter Saturday aiming at the opposing church's bell tower in a centuries-old tradition. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis)

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Yannis, left, and Stavros, right, load handmade rockets on a truck, in front of Agios Markos church, on the Aegean island of Chios, on April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Rockets are arranged before being fired at the Panagia Erithiani church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the Aegean island of Chios, on April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Hand-made rockets are prepared before being fired at the Agios Markos church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations in Vrontados on April 26, 2008. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis) #

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A participant fires a rocket against the target, the Panagia Erithiani church, from a launching platform in the village of Vrontados on April 19, 2014. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A woman walks out of her screen-protected home during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations in Vrontados village, on April 26, 2008. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis) #

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People ignite homemade rockets during aimed at a rival church in Vrontados on April 19, 2014.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A youth ignites homemade rockets during a traditional Easter celebration in Vrontados on April 19, 2014.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Rockets fly through the sky targeting the churches of Agios Markos, left, and Panagia Erithiani, right, during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Homemade rockets streak through the sky targeting a church of Panagia Erithiani on April 19, 2014.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A rocket strikes the bell tower of Agios Markos church on April 26, 2008. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis) #

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Rockets fly over the church of Agios Markos as worshippers hold candles during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios, on April 19, 2014 in Vrontados, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images) #

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A youth ignites homemade rockets during Easter celebrations in Vrontados on April 19, 2014.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Young men ignite rockets during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the island of Chios on April 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Rockets fly towards the church of Agios Markos during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on April 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Homemade rockets streak through the sky above Vrontados on April 19, 2014. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A man ignites rockets in Vrontados on April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Rockets fly over the bell towel of Panagia Erithiani church on April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Rockets fly over Vrontados village on April 26, 2008, as rival parishes of the village fire thousands of rockets at each other.(Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis) #

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A reveler looks on during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations in Vrontados on April 19, 2014. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images) #

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Revelers ignite rockets during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on April 19, 2014 in Vrontados, Greece.(Milos Bicanski/Getty Images) #

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Homemade rockets streak through the sky targeting the church of Panagia Erithiani, on April 19, 2014.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Participants ignite homemade rockets in the village of Vrontados late on April 19, 2014. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Young men launch rockets during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the Aegean island of Chios on April 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) #

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Rockets fly over Panagia Erithriani church on April 26, 2008. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis) #

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A woman walks near scores of burned-out homemade rockets on the ground, and stuck in a protective metal fence at Panagia Erithiani church, following a traditional Easter celebration the night before in Vrontados, on April 20, 2014.(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

       

New York's Easter Parade decades ago

In one black-and-white image, dated 1948, screen stars Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are seen strolling along in top hats, cravats and striped blazers with canes to hand. While another captures billionaire oil magnate John D. Rockefelle Jr. on his way to church dressed in his Sunday best.

Joining the A-star line-up is a 15-year-old Judy Garland riding in a horse and cart wearing furs. Ironically, nine years later she would be responsible for immortalizing Manhattan's famous pageant by staring in Irving Berlin's hit film Easter Parade opposite Fred Astaire.

Star smile: Joining the A-star line-up is a 15-year-old Judy Garland riding in a horse and cart wearing furs in 1939. Ironically, nine years later she would be responsible for immortalizing Manhattan's famous pageant by staring in Irving Berlin's hit film Easter Parade opposite Fred Astaire

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Star smile: Joining the A-star line-up is a 15-year-old Judy Garland riding in a horse and cart wearing furs in 1939. Ironically, nine years later she would be responsible for immortalizing Manhattan's famous pageant by staring in Irving Berlin's hit film Easter Parade opposite Fred Astaire

Other 'celebrity sightings' at the event during the mid-20th centurt included TV comedian Milton Berle, screen star Bette Davis and surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, who first visited New York in 1934.

The event, which takes place on Easter Sunday, started out as a spontaneous event in the 1870s and soon became an annual tradition.

By the 1950s it had an attendance rate of close to one million and other cities developed their own versions. Philadelphia and Boston were among these, as were Coney Island and Atlantic City, where the parades became tourist attractions. By the mid-20th century, the parade's religious aspects had faded, and it was mostly seen as a demonstration of American prosperity. It reportedly only attracted 30,000 bystanders in 2008.

In 1988, Albert Baragwanath, a then senior curator at the Museum of the City of New York, told the New York Times that the parade's deline in populatity was due to a 'general decline in the refinements of life'.

He continued: 'I feel that the whole elegance of Fifth Avenue has deteriorated. The elegantly dressed people aren't there anymore.'

However, the event remains on the calendar and is less about style and more about having fun.

This year the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets will be closed to cars from 10am to 4pm to make ways for the annual parade of Easter bonnets and costumed pets.

Swagger: Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis attracted much attention in the Easter parade on Fifth Avenue when they appeared in 'new' Easter outfits that hark back to the old days in 1948

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Swagger: Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis attracted much attention in the Easter parade on Fifth Avenue when they appeared in 'new' Easter outfits that hark back to the old days in 1948

13 Apr 1952 --- Original caption: 4/13/1952-New York, NY: Pretty Miss Lauretta Laakso let her enthusiasm for General Dwight Eisenhower go to her head. Lisette Verea, of the

 

Bonnets on! One woman lets her enthusiasm for General Dwight Eisenhower go to her head in 152 (left) while in 1944 actress  Lisette Verea opted for a quirky headpiece complete with a red felt lips and a protruding cigarette

Quite a buzz: TV stars Steve Allen, (L) and Eva Gabor, interview Surrealist Salvador Dali, (C) in front of St Patrick's Cathedral during the Easter Parade in 1951

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Quite a buzz: TV stars Steve Allen, (L) and Eva Gabor, interview Surrealist Salvador Dali, (C) in front of St Patrick's Cathedral during the Easter Parade in 1951

16 Apr 1922 Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Mrs. C.S. Pierce with her children. Miss Barbara, Betty, and Master Edward. 16 Apr 1922 --- Mrs. George Jay Gould walks with her children Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue

Family affair: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue in 1922 the wife of famed American philosopher C.S. Pierce, walks with her children (left) while financier George Jay Gould's brood step out in matching outfits and bonnets

Attracting the rich and famous: Prince George of Russia and Miss Jane Erdmann were snapped as they took part in the annual Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue in 1933 while walking their dogs

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Attracting the rich and famous: Prince George of Russia and Miss Jane Erdmann were snapped as they took part in the annual Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue in 1933 while walking their dogs

17 Apr 1922 --- Original caption: New York, New York: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Thomas. 17 Apr 1922 --- Original caption: New York, New York: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Mr. A.J. and Virginia Fox --

Wearing the latest fashions: The parade which takes place on Easter Sunday, started out as a spontaneous event in the 1870s and soon became an annual tradition - here two couples are seen wearing their finest in 1922

09 Apr 1950 --Little Vickie Berle, 4 1/2, reflects her daddy's famous grin a comedian, Milton Berle, stoops to hug his daughter in the midst of New York's Easter parade. 15 Apr 1949, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA --- Original caption: Motion picture star Bette Davis and her artist husband William Grant Sherry, spending their first Easter in New York, are shown with daughter Barbara, in her shoulder bag and Easter bonnet, taking a leisurely stroll through Central Park. They would stay over for Mr. Sherry's first New York Art Exhibit at the American British Art Center on April 22nd.

A child's delight: Milton Berle, stoops to hug his daughter in the midst of New York's Easter parade in 1950 while motion picture star Bette Davis and her artist husband William Grant Sherry were spotted taking a leisurely stroll through Central Park with their daughter Barbara the previous year

Rammed! Spectators crowd the streets around Rockefeller Center for the Easter Parade in 1945

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Rammed! Spectators crowd the streets around Rockefeller Center for the Easter Parade in 1945

Piece of history: Dressed in the traditional Easter fashion, a Paramount newsreel cameraman trains his camera on the crowds in 1948

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Piece of history: Dressed in the traditional Easter fashion, a Paramount newsreel cameraman trains his camera on the crowds in 1948

05 Apr 1915, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA --- Original caption: New York, New York: Easter Parade On Fifth Avenue. Crowd at St. Thomas' Church 17 Apr 1922 --- Original caption: New York, New York: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Crowds storming St. Thomas Church to attend services

Growing in popularity: Church-goers seen at St. Thomas' Church in 1915 (left) on Fifth Avenue and in 1922 (right)

16 Apr 1922 --- Original caption: New York, New York: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 20 Apr 1924, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA --- Original caption

Dressing like a billionaire: Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Jr. steps out in his Sunday best before going to Easter service at church in 1922 (left) and 1924 (right)

16 Apr 1922 --- Original caption: New York, New York: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Joan Whitney 16 Apr 1922 -- New York, New York: Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Miss Margaret Hennesy. 16 Apr 1922 ---  Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue. Evelyn McManus.

Stepping out in style: Three women model the latest fashions in 1922 - wide-brimmed hats, low heels and calf-length skirts appear to have been in vogue

Change of scenery: Easter morning in 1900 in New York with horse-drawn traffic and two motor cars

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Change of scenery: Easter morning in 1900 in New York with horse-drawn traffic and two motor cars

Community spirit: Russian costumes on Fifth Avenue in 1922 - this this year the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets will be closed to cars from 10am to 4pm to make ways for the annual parade of Easter bonnets and costumed pets

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Community spirit: Russian costumes on Fifth Avenue in 1922 - this this year the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets will be closed to cars from 10am to 4pm to make ways for the annual parade of Easter bonnets and costumed pets

 

   

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