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					The Easter parade is an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday.
Unlike most New York City Parades, the Easter Parade is a far less organized event. People participating in an
Easter parade traditionally dress in new and fashionable clothing, particularly ladies' hats, and try to impress
others with their finery (Easter hats and wearing new clothes for Easter symbolize new life offered through the
death and resurrection of Jesus). This parade doesn't have any floats or marching bands but it is a spectacle
nonetheless.
By the 1880s, the Easter parade had become a spectacle of fashion and religious observance, famous in New
York and around the country. It was an after-church cultural event for the well-to-do who wore new and
fashionable clothes and walked from their own church to others to see the impressive flowers and to be seen
by other people. People from the poorer and middle classes observed the parade to learn the latest trends in
fashion. Starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s, the New York parade became increasingly popular into
the mid-20th century—in 1947 over a million people took part in the parade By the mid-20th century, the
parade's religious aspects had faded, and it was a demonstration of American prosperity. Nowadays on Easter
Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. the area along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets is closed to traffic, and
people go along the street admiring various Easter Bonnets and Easter outfits. Outfits range from elegant to
outrageous. People and even pets wear outlandish costumes and hats with live birds in flower-adorned cages.
You can see a lot of people playing musical instruments, dancing and having fun.
In 1933, American songwriter Irving Berlin wrote the song "Easter Parade” for a revue on Broadway. He had
been working for fifteen years on this song, and he had finally captured the essence of the parade. Both the
song and the revue were tremendously popular. The song became a standard, and fifteen years later was the
basis for the film Easter Parade.

                           Never saw you look quite so pretty before,
                           Never saw you dressed quite so lovely – what's more
                           I could hardly wait to keep our date this lovely Easter morning
                           And my heart beat fast as I came through the door
                           For…
                           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!
                           On the Avenue,
                           Fifth Avenue,
                           The photographers will snap us
                           And you'll find that you're
                           In the rotogravure.
                           Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet
                           And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter parade.
Mark the following statements T (true) or F (false). Correct the false ones.

  1. The Easter Parade takes place in Ukraine.

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   2. People who participate in the Parade dress in new and fashionable clothes.

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   3. The Easter Parade started in the 1970s.

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  4. The Easter Parade takes place on Friday.

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  5. People wear unusual shoes at the Parade.

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  6. In 1933, British songwriter Irving Berlin wrote the song "Easter Parade”.

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