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Easter parade in NYC: Photos of the 2017 Fifth Avenue celebration

Thousands of New Yorkers flocked to Fifth Avenue for the Easter parade and bonnet festival on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

The parade, which kicked off about 10 a.m., stretched up Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street.

As part of a tradition that dates back to the 1870s, many attendees don elaborate bonnets and fancy outfits at the parade.

Marcia Morris, 65, wore an over-the-top hat, which she said her friend made, complete with stuffed bunnies, flowers and colorful plastic Easter eggs. Morris, from Oradell, New Jersey, said it was her first time at the parade.

“We’ve never been to the Easter parade before and we thought we’d just check it out,” Morris said. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

Morningside Heights resident Martha Wilkie, 51, walked around Fifth Avenue with her family, soaking in the festive costumes. Her son, 8-year-old Peter, was born on Easter Sunday — Wilkie calls him her “little Easter bunny.”

“We do it every year, we love it. It’s one of our family traditions,” she said. “It’s just fun and cheerful.”

And the Easter festivities weren't just for the human attendees. Ami Schrager dressed her two dogs, Buttercup and Lukas, in matching bow ties. Schrager said she had a chicken outfit for them, but it was too hot.

“It’s fun to watch everybody else’s stuff. And the boys get to have their pictures taken,” said Schrager of midtown. “I love being part of something that’s so historic. It’s very heartwarming, and it’s fun.”

Scroll down to check out scenes from the celebration.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan, Sunday, April 16, 2017. The parade has been an annual tradition in New York City for over 100 years.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan, Sunday, April 16, 2017. The parade has been an annual tradition in New York City for over 100 years.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan, Sunday, April 16, 2017. The parade has been an annual tradition in New York City for over 100 years.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan waves to the crowd on
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Cardinal Timothy Dolan waves to the crowd on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

A paradegoer hoists a political caricature on Fifth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

A paradegoer hoists a political caricature on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

A participant wears an elaborate tie-themed hat at
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

A participant wears an elaborate tie-themed hat at the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan, Sunday, April 16, 2017. The parade has been an annual tradition in New York City for over 100 years.

A paradegoer lampoons President Donald Trump on Fifth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

A paradegoer lampoons President Donald Trump on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

East Hampton resident Mark Masone wears a jelly
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

East Hampton resident Mark Masone wears a jelly bean hat during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Manhattan resident Evita Staun-List gets pecked by a
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Manhattan resident Evita Staun-List gets pecked by a baby duck during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan.

Participants take a selfie during the Easter Parade
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants take a selfie during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators on Fifth Avenue during the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival.

Participants walk during the Easter Parade and Bonnet
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants walk during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Manhattan residents Evita Staun-List, left, and her mother,
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Manhattan residents Evita Staun-List, left, and her mother, Heidi Staun-Lusk, right, stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

A heavily armed member of the NYPD stands
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A heavily armed member of the NYPD stands outside St. Patrick's Cathedral as participants and spectators gather for the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants pose on Fifth Avenue during the Easter
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants pose on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Manhattan resident Evita Staun-List holds a baby duck
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Manhattan resident Evita Staun-List holds a baby duck during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017. The parade has been a tradition in New York City for more than 100 years.

Participants on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Milliners Guild member Lisa Shaub attends the Easter
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Milliners Guild member Lisa Shaub attends the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Members of the Milliners Guild pose on Fifth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Members of the Milliners Guild pose on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Milliners Guild member Evetta Petty of the Bronx
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Milliners Guild member Evetta Petty of the Bronx attends the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Members of the Milliners Guild pose on Fifth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Members of the Milliners Guild pose on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Milliners Guild members stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Milliners Guild members stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Members of the Milliners Guild pose on Fifth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Members of the Milliners Guild pose on Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Participants and spectators stroll along Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Dublin, Ireland, resident Sheila Morley attends the Easter
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Dublin, Ireland, resident Sheila Morley attends the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

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