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Easter is a familiar holiday in many parts of the world. Here in the United States, vibrant colors, decorative eggs and chocolate bunnies have, in some ways, become synonymous with the Easter holiday. But for many, Easter is a religious holiday, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus and rebirth.
In New York City, the Easter Day parade brings festive outfits, decorative props and even animals to Fifth Avenue each year. It has been a tradition in the city since the Civil War era. Long time Manhattan resident, Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere attends the parade every year and loves to photograph the frilly bonnets, costumed pets, and decked-out parade-goers.
Just a few blocks down, Emad Karim also captured photos of the Easter Day celebration. Karim said he really enjoyed the spectacular costumes on display for the parade.
“New Yorkers are always creative in parades and every time I go to one I am surprised by their creativity and joy that spreads all over the place,” Karim said.
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