Easter bonnets hit Main Street on Saturday. (Eileen Casey)
- The 2012 Sag Habor Easter Bonnet Sidewalk Parade sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber
of Commerce was held on Saturday, April 7, following a petting zoo at the Sag Harbor Garden Center, where children of all ages lined up for the opportunity to get up close and personal with llamas, goats, ducks, sheep, and the star of the day, "Magic" the bunny, who was petted so much he just couldn't keep his eyes open and promptly fell asleep.
The petting zoo was courtesy of the Cornell University
Co-op Extension and the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, and the hospitality courtesy of Phil Bucking
, owner of the Garden Center, who has hosted the petting zoo every year for more than a decade, when the Chamber of Commerce first began the parade in 1996.
While children made their away around the very accommodating live animals, adults accommodated their desire for some very beautiful and live spring flowers and plants. Local elementary
school students were also on hand offering hot dogs, cookies and soda for a nominal price, as these enterprising youngsters plan to contribute all the profits to the village to restore the windmill at Long Wharf.
"Magic" the bunny was a big hit with children, and was petted with much love and enthusiasm in honor of his special day. (Eileen Casey)
After the fur settled, gaggles of girls and boys made their way to Main Street to march along the sidewalk sporting their Easter bonnets. Colorful, clever, cute and complicated bonnets donned the heads of both children and adults as they were greeted by observers who were happy to enjoy a sunny day and parade.
Celebrating the holiday continues to Easter Sunday as well, as the annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Mashashimuet Park
, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Lion's Club.
Even this llama seemed to be smiling that the warm weather provided a sunny parade march. (Eileen Casey)
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.