Happy Easter Everyone!
The magnificent movie for today, Irving Berlin's Easter Parade starred two of the biggest draws of 1948, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. One of the great musicals of all time. At one point, New York's Easter Parade attracted over one million people - showing off their finest and strolling down Fifth Avenue. However, these days, the parade is more like a Halloween event --- but still fun.
BTW- Judy ws the one who was supposed to wear the Easter Bonnet -- putting the ribbon on Fred Astaire's hat was either his or her idea -- I read this somewhere and the reversal of roles appealed to the director of the movie.
The street scene is supposed to be Fifth Avenue and 50th Street down from St. Patrick's Cathedral in turn of 1912 New York. Rockefeller Center was not yet built yet -- the area was an upper-class residential area back then, and the home of Columbia University before they moved uptown to their current campus.
I love the main song "In Your Easter Bonnet". Puts me in a good mood whenever I hear it. Make sure to see this clip if you are not familiar with the movie.