Dillsboro’s Easter Hat Parade Celebrates 30 years

DILLSBORO, N.C. — On Saturday, March 31, 2018, the day before Easter, you 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, you do not have an Easter bonnet, you have an opportunity at 10:00am to make your own at the “Hat Table” set up in front of Dogwood Crafters (61 Webster Street) the morning of the parade. And if you do not participate in the parade, you can simply do as hundreds of others do—come to Dillsboro at 2pm on Saturday, March 31, and bring your finest girl, your family, and your 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 12 noon. Registration for the parade starts at 11am.

Brenda Anders, coordinator for the event for the last 30 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 says, “but the event has grown, until we have had over 200 hat contest entries in our parades through the years. 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!”

Brenda 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 2pm. The town of Dillsboro is only 2 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. You can spend time simply looking at the different, unique hats!

So come on out on March 31, and spend the day with Brenda, 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.



Brenda Anders 

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