Easter eve tradition stays strong over the years

Easter hat participants always have smiling faces.

The annual Easter Hat Parade is bringing the community of Dillsboro–and plenty of locals and tourists–together again on Saturday, April 19.
An award-winning local crafter and Mrs. Easter Hat Parade herself, Brenda Anders, makes this event possible each year. The parade brings in hundreds of visitors and participants ready to show off their creativity and have some fun marching through the streets of Dillsboro.
“You get to laugh at yourself,” Anders told Our State magazine. “And in this day and time, it’s important to have that kind of fun.’’

People come from all around to show off their Easter hat creations in hopes of winning a prize determined by judges with more than a dozen categories in mind. This is not just family friendly event, but according to Anders, it’s “fun for the young and old, including the family dog.”
This Easter eve celebration brings together families, friends and their pets for good old-fashioned fun with a little friendly competition thrown into the mix.

This year’s parade will begin at 2 p.m., but the fun begins well before then. The Easter Egg hunt begins downtown at 10 a.m. with special photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. A hat making station located at Dogwood Crafters gives people a chance to create their own Easter hat for the parade, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Folks wanting to register for the event can do so the day of, just two doors down from town hall.

Photo courtesy of WCU Office of Public Relations.

Photo courtesy of WCU Office of Public Relations.


“Just follow the balloons,” said Anders. The event is free to everyone.
With all of the fun, excitement and competition, it is hard to narrow down a favorite part of the event. For Anders, however, it is simply seeing the happy faces that make the festivities all worthwhile.

For more information, contact Brenda Anders at Dogwood Crafters by calling (828) 586-2248.
In addition to participants, the parade has received a lot of attention from the media. UNC-TV aired a segment featuring the parade and a story detailing the Dillsboro event appeared in Our State magazine. Read the Easter Hat Parade feature in Our State magazine. Watch the UNC-TV Easter hat parade segment here.

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