88th annual Easter Promenade: Huge crowds, crazy hats and one giant bunny

April 21, 2019 - 7:05 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - It wouldn't be Easter in Philadelphia without the annual Easter Promenade hopping along South Street. 

On Sunday the event returned for its 88th year. 

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney -- wearing bunny ears -- led thousands of people as they paraded from 5th to 2nd Streets. Many of those people had bunny ears on too, some were wearing crazy hats.

The crowds seemed to enjoy every minute of it.

"It was really fun," said Laura Dinezio, who was visiting Philadelphia this weekend. "We're from Michigan, so we came a long way to get to the parade. It's very cool, very family oriented, we loved it."

Karen Little says she didn't have to travel far.

"Oh I always come, all the way from North Philly, it's wonderful," she said.

Wearing her pink hat with bunny ears on top, Little was back for yet another year.

"This is a tradition now, so I'm grateful I'm able to come. You dress up, you meet people from different neighborhoods and intertwine with them," she said. "It's a great event."

Seven-year-old Ce'yanee Brown was also wearing her bunny ears as she told KYW Newsradio about the best part of the day for her.

"My favorite part is seeing the Easter bunnies and their soft tails and everybody with those hula hoops," she said.

In what has become one of the biggest parts of the promenade over the years -- literally -- the giant Easter bunny once again was spotted walking around on stilts. You couldn't miss him!