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The 5 Best Ways to Celebrate Easter in NYC

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|by Mark Robinson |

Hop into the city for these Easter festivities

Easter will be here this weekend, and what better place to spend such a family-centric holiday than in New York City? With the springtime finally sprung, and the holiday just around the corner, we are all anxious to gather with our loved ones, reconnect and celebrate. Today, we look at some ways for you and your family or friends to come together in the Big Apple and enjoy the Easter holiday.

Manhattan’s Easter Bonnet parade on Fifth Avenue is a New York tradition (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Manhattan’s Easter Bonnet parade on Fifth Avenue is a New York tradition (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A Visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Though attendance at Easter Sunday Mass at New York City’s historical St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a difficult ticket to come by (yes, there are tickets), there are services you can attend during Holy Week that give you an opportunity to drink in the power of the architectural marvel that is St. Pat’s. For those who’d like to experience the building outside of a church service setting, St. Patrick’s Cathedral also offers pubic tours at a suggested donation of $5 a person. You can visit their website for more details on service and tour schedules.

The Kids Cruise Easter Extravaganza 
Starting at Skyport Marina (2430 FDR Dr.), with varying departure times, The Kid’s Cruise Easter Extravaganza is a memorable way to enjoy the holiday on the water. Aboard this party cruise, guests can partake in such fun as balloon arts, arts & crafts, face painting, fun food and an Easter egg hunt. This can all be enjoyed while setting sail on the East River with the Statue of Liberty in sight.

Easter Brunch
Easter is also a time for families to get together to celebrate over a nice meal, usually before or after attending church-related festivities. Easter Brunch in New York City is an exquisite way to enjoy a meal for the holiday, with bountiful options to choose from.

You can visit Craft (43 E. 19th St.) and enjoy a two-course brunch that includes a pastry basket, sides, and then a choice of main course options that include Brioche Pain Perdu, Ricotta Cavatelli and Littleneck Clams among many mouthwatering choices.

At Root and Bone (200 East Third Ave.), diners will find an eclectic menu that includes such sumptuous dishes as shrimp and grits, drunken deviled eggs, Grandma Daisy’s Angel Biscuits and a variety of specialty cocktails.

Haven Rooftop (132 W. 47th St.) offers a combination of food and activities at their brunch. Meal options include salmon eggs Benedict and bagels with lox. The rooftop eatery will also feature egg decorating, an Easter Egg Hunt and a bonnet competition.

These are just a few suggestions of hundreds of eateries offering Easter Brunch in NYC. Be sure to check with any establishment in advance, as reservations may be necessary on a busy holiday.

The Annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Competition
It’s an oldie but a goodie, and though it might sound like a cliché of the Easter holiday checklist, there is no reason to miss the Annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Competition. Held on Easter Sunday (April 21, 2019) on New York City’s famous Fifth Ave., the tradition of the parade features people strolling in their finery and festive Easter bonnets. The parade commences at 10 a.m. around 49th Street and marches north. Be there to see the pageantry, or show up dressed to the nines and be a part of the promenade. Find out what Fred Astaire and Judy Garland were singing about!

The Harlem Easter Weekend Gospel Celebration
Music has a way of lifting us up and showing us how to rejoice, so what better way to get your spiritual pulse pumping than with The Harlem Easter Weekend Gospel Celebration? An authentic gospel concert held on April 20, 2019 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, the event draws its music from African American church traditions, and is guaranteed to invigorate and inspire.  

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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