On parade: Christ Episcopal Church preschoolers ring in Easter holiday in high fashion


Children dressed in their Easter best took a leisurely stroll around the playground last Thursday and Friday for Christ Episcopal Church Preschool’s annual Easter Parade.

Accompanied by the Easter Bunny himself, kids showed off their fashionable, homemade Easter bonnets and top hats, which ranged in style from the traditional to the overtly eccentric. The hats, decorated to showcase each child’s individual personality, provide parents with a way to share in the celebration of the Easter holiday with their kids. 

“It’s a family affair; the parents absolutely love it,” said Debra Bird, who works in the school’s office. “They get involved, they make the bonnets and top hats, they try to outdo each other.”

The kids – 280 students in total – also have fun with the event, Bird said, adding, “Some of them are afraid of the Easter Bunny, but most of them thoroughly enjoy it.”

In addition to their life-sized furry friend, many of the kids in the parade were thrilled by the appearance of another fan favorite: Princess Belle from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Next month, the church’s School of the Arts will present the stage version of the show as its 2018 spring musical.

Set to run April 26-29 and May 3-6, tickets for the Christ Episcopal Church production of “Beauty and the Beast” are now on sale, with general admission seating starting at $20 per ticket. Tickets are also on sale for “Tea with Belle,” which invites those ages 3 and up to enjoy an hour-long tea party with the princess. For tickets and additional information, visit www.christepiscopalchurch.org/tickets/.