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Easter on Parade is one of the great Richmond traditions.  It’s not a parade in the traditional sense, but involves more than 30,000 Richmonders “parading” up and down scenic Monument Avenue between Allen and Davis Avenues.  Music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, balloon artistry, a petting zoo, and of course, people and pet watching are all part of the celebration. Admission is free.  The parade runs from 1-5pm.

The highlight of the event is always the Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcases.  The Easter bonnets and pet costumes are always amazing.  This year they will be held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen Avenue. There will also be roving entertainment, including Jonathan Austin, More or Less Morris Dancers, a stilt walker and Peggy the Clown.  In addition, there will be merchandise vendors, food vendors, balloons, and a children’s area.  Not to be outdone by the people, the homes on Monument Avenue are also decorated for the holiday.   The weather is supposed to be beautiful so bring your sunscreen and have fun!

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I know I already wrote about the Maymont Children’s Farm, but Maymont Easter is a Richmond tradition so I had to include it!  Maymont Easter is today, April 3, from 11-3pm.  I’ve been to this event regularly for several years, but it looks like they are changing things up this year so I’ll try to stick to info from the website. 

In the past, the event was held up on the carriage lawn, but this year, all festival activity will take place by the children’s farm.  Buy tickets for $1 each when you come in and then each activity will cost a # of tickets.  All proceeds go to Maymont so it’s a good cause.  Activities will include:

DJ – Free!
Roaming Easter Bunny – Free!
Jelly Bean Guess – 1 ticket per guess
Easter Tattoos – 1 ticket
Charm Station – 2 tickets
Craft Station – 2 tickets
Lollipop Tree – 1 ticket
Bonnet Making – 4 tickets
Games – 1 ticket per game
Petting Pasture – 2 tickets per person
Animal Feed – 1 ticket
Hay Wagon Rides – 3 tickets adults/2 tickets children under 12

Parts of the petting farm are usually opened up so the kids can actually go in and mingle with the animals.  There will also be live music, 2 Easter bonnet parades, and dances with the Easter bunny (2 tickets).  There will be tons of festival-style food.  That usually includes hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, sno-cones, etc.  Up on the carriage lawn (where the festival used to be held), there will be carriage rides and mansion tours.

The Easter egg hunt looks to be the biggest change.  There are usually Easter egg “hunts” on the carriage lawn.  Each “hunt” is separated by age and held in a roped off area where they really just throw eggs on the lawn and kids go crazy.  I have to be honest, my kids love this.  There are so many eggs and it is really a race to see how many they can get.  This year, they have changed it to make it an actual hunt.  I’m all for this, but question the details.  This year eggs will be hidden throughout the 100-acre Maymont Park.  However, there will only be 100 eggs and each family is limited to 1 egg.  The eggs will have prizes in them and may include tickets to local sporting events or gift certificates to local retailers.  I love the idea of an actual egg hunt, but I’m skeptical about only 100 eggs.  My children are young and the egg hunt is usually their favorite part.  I don’t want to face their disappointment if we can’t find one today.  However, I’ll reserve judgment until we go this afternoon.

The weather should be beautiful and the flowers are in bloom so this event should be a fantastic way to spend the day.  I’ll post more pictures and updates after I check it out!

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