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Published on April 01, 2024
Philadelphia's 91st Annual Easter Promenade Turns South Street Into a Parade of Pastels and FestivitiesSource: South Street Headhouse District website

On Sunday, Philadelphia hosted its 91st annual Easter Promenade, and it was a real showstopper on South Street. Families arrived in full regalia, decked out in their finest for a tradition that's been decking the city's halls for nearly a century.

The promenade, known for its parade of pastels and sea of festive hats, saw an influx of participants and spectators—each one adding their own flair to the historic event. "What other days do you dress up as rabbits?" cheerfully queried one attendee, embodying the light-hearted spirit of the day, according to FOX 29.

One of the highlights of the day was the appearance of Mr. and Mrs. Cotton Tail. The famous rabbit pair made sure to hop into the spotlight for a few photo ops with the kids, after leading the parade route which kicked off at 5th and South streets and wrapped up at 2nd and Lombard at Headhouse Plaza, as detailed by 6abc.

The event wasn't just about showing up, it was a fierce competition for some. The Best Dressed contest brought generations of fashion-forward Philadelphians to the stage. "I also won before here when I was younger, three times," West Oak Lane resident Amber Eleazer told CBS News Philadelphia, proudly watching her 4-year-old daughter continue the family tradition. "It's amazing," Eleazer said, "I'm happy they're still doing it because it's so much fun and we love it."

And it wasn't just the two-legged participants who got in on the act; pets were also putting their best paw forward, adorned in Easter finery. And attire was not to be taken lightly—winning first place in the best dressed contest for the 9 to 12 age group, was a young man who made a splash in a yellow suit with a matching hat and bow tie. His thoughts on the win? "Being on stage and looking nice," Jeremiah Carabello-Young confided to FOX 29.