Dillsboro’s Easter Hat Parade is April 15

Apr 12, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo Brenda Anders

DILLSBORO — Saturday, April 15, the day before Easter, guests are invited to a day of fun.

Come out to Dillsboro and bring your finest Easter bonnet to the famous Easter Hat Parade. Dress up the smiles on everyone’s face by joining in and walking in the parade. If, per chance, guests do not have an Easter bonnet, they have an opportunity at 10:30 a.m. to make your own at the “Hat Table” set up in front of Dogwood Crafters (61 Webster St. the morning of the parade.

And if guests do not participate in the parade, they can simply do as hundreds of others do—come to Dillsboro at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 and bring their finest girl, family, and dog to watch the array of folks strolling “down the avenue” in their finery.

Easter egg hunts (by age group) also start at Dogwood, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the parade starts at 11 a.m.

Brenda Anders, coordinator for the event for the last 29 years, has taken the joy of Easter just a little further.

“The first couple of years the number of participants in the parade were less than 24,” she said. “but each year the event has grown, until we have had over 200 hat contest entries in past parades. The prizes for our hat contest are simple and mostly handmade. The categories are ever changing but include the largest, smallest, most outrageous, best use of fresh flowers, hat that traveled the farthest, youngest and, of course, best dog. So join in with our Easter Hat contest.”

Anders continues to add other fun activities. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos, and so are the antique cars.

The parade is always the Saturday before Easter and begins from the town hall at 2 p.m. The town of Dillsboro is only two long blocks so the parade doesn’t last a long time.

Of course, there is plenty of other things to do while waiting for the parade…visit some of the stores, have lunch, have your face painted, join in the Easter egg hunt…and win prizes such as coloring books and posters, which are donated by the merchants of Dillsboro. Piles of eggs will be displayed which have been colored with many different techniques—eggs wrapped in onion peels, dyed with different herbs, oil and water, as well as the traditional egg color.

So come on out on April 15, and spend the day with Anders, the Easter Bunny, Dogwood Crafters and other merchants for a fun day planned for children and adults alike in the historic town of Dillsboro.

For more information, call 828-506-8331, or go to the website visitdillsboro.com.


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