It's pretty crazy in midtown Manhattan on Easter Sunday. You may have heard there is an Easter parade. Yes, but in terms of New York parades, this is a small one. In fact, it's not really a parade at all. Rather, people mingle about in the street (all vehicle traffic diverted) and take pictures of those decked out in finery to celebrate the occasion.
Even those who don't have a costume can purchase bunny ears, available from your friendly street vendor, just right for those who have an Inner Bunny they wish to express.
There are people who dress in another era's finery.
There are dandies.
It's quite a scene and make no mistake: the people who come in costume love being photographed. It's as if they have a photo-shoot-fame-for-a-day mentality and wish to take full advantage. So they stop and preen for anyone's camera. Sometimes they stop and preen even if there are no cameras.
We made our way through this unusual crowd to get over to Grand Central to see the last performance of the Nick Cave wild horses. It was quite a scene. People had been waiting forover an hour to see the Alvin Ailey dancers come out in their spandex tights and jazz shoes, don the spectacular raffia costumes (Nick Cave calls them "soundsuits"), and transform into colorful horses, prancing and dancing their way around the crowd. This was all part of the week-long celebration of Cave's performance art piece, one of the many activities taking place this year to celebrate Grand Central's centennial.
At first, one could just view the 8 foot tall raffia horse costumes themselves, all set upon the floor.
Then, as the performance was about to begin, a sawhorse was set next to each costume, and the pieces of the costume were then draped on the sawhorse, ready to be donned by the dancers. There were two dancers per costume and they were wonderfully prepared to take part in the fantasy.
It made for a wonderful Easter Sunday, with this once-in-a-lifetime performance in Grand Central Station, perhaps the most iconic of New York City landmarks.
No bunny ears in sight, though. They were apparently still all over on Fifth Avenue.