“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade. I’ll be all in clover, and when they look you over, I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.”
Irving Berlin got it so right and – even if inadvertently – so gay, that his song "Easter Parade" from the 1948 movie of the same name is the perfect the theme for Atlanta’s gay Easter celebrations. Of course, that includes the annual Armorettes Easter Drag Races (top photo). The full day of gay-ified carnival games and cocktails on Sunday starts at 2 p.m., followed by the Armorettes Easter Show at 8 p.m.
And the opportunities to put your bonnet and other holi-gay wares on display don’t end there. Oscar and the gang at Las Margaritas do Easter Brunch with bottomless everything – OK, not the wait staff, but bottomless servings of food and drink – all day, and DJ Vicki Powell takes her Easter basket to Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium for Easter Sunday Service at 7 p.m.
“Easter Parade’s” own Fred Astaire and Judy Garland might make good inspirations for your topper, but we’ve also selected a Best-Of collection of gay Easter bonnet interpretations from Drag Races past to kick-start your creativity. Take a look, then grab that hot glue, rifle through your junk drawers, and get to work.
Hint: Bigger is better.
No, way bigger.
There you go.
Like, can you block your own photo bombers? Knew you could.
Oh shit. Dial it down! Well OK, but maybe uncover your eyes.
Serve Southern belle to the people, honey.
Or make Gran-mama’s church crown rival its own 1968 debut.
Maybe some birds and bees springtime realness.
Bring it, because drag queens are in it to win it!
And they can take you.
It’s all fun and games...
Until somebody has a wardrobe malfunction.
Of course, you don’t have to wear a hat.
But it’s more fun if you do. We’ll bring the cameras.
Photos by Matt Hennie and Sher Pruitt, 2009-2013 for Project Q Atlanta.