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Easter Hats and Faces

This year’s Easter Parade was one of the best. The ingenuity of the hat wearers knew no bounds and there were many, many spectacular models! I persevered with the 300mm lens so that I could record expressions as well as the hats, but this had its difficulties–I had to compete with hundreds of selfie-takers who are no respecters of long lenses! Quite often the perfect shot turned out to have a hand and phone imposed upon it! The following series of  pictures is, by no means, a complete catalogue of the  inventive headgear, long though it is, but it does give an idea of the happiness that both the hatters and the onlookers felt throughout the parade. A happy Easter was had  by all. AND, it was a sunny morning!

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Hats off to this confident young lady!

Hats off to this confident young lady!

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The sneaky hand!

The sneaky hand!

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A happy ghoul?

A happy ghoul?

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Toddlers were represented too

Toddlers were represented too

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Bookshop hatter

Bookshop hatter

Carrots are good for the eyes?

Carrots are good for the eyes?

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 Notice the outsize hand offering a bunch of flowers protruding from the helmet . . .

Notice the outsize hand, offering a bunch of flowers, protruding from the helmet . . .

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A hatter's selfie!

A hatter’s selfie!

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A frying pan, 2eggs over lightly and a fork are all you need!

A frying pan, 2 eggs over lightly and a fork are all you need  . . . . . .

 . . . .and, of course, the lovely expression to go with them!

. . . .and, of course, the lovely expression to go with them!

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On the crowded steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral

On the crowded steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The wearer wasn't visible

The wearer wasn’t visible

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Heavy hatted!

Heavy hatted!

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Looks exactly like one of my aunts

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This one has the story line attached!

This one has the story line attached!

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There were a great many canine hatters on parade--but the camera phones were so thick around them that I barely saw them!

There were a great many canine hatters on parade–but the camera phones were so thick around them that I barely saw their paws!

In front of the great doors of St. Patrick's

In front of the great doors of St. Patrick’s,

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Hat extended!

Hat extended!

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Livestock was incorporated  . . . .

Livestock was incorporated . . . .

 . . .with some trepidation.

. . .with some trepidation.

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Pagliacci?

Pagliacci?

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Nestegg

Nest egg

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Contented hatter.

Contented hatter.

This is the last hat in my post but, on my way home from the parade, I came across this antique car and I thought: what a wonderful Easter gift it would make for Craig or Kiowa if only it could be afforded!

Antique Ford on display in  a hotel foyer

Antique Ford on display in a hotel foyer

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