Preparations underway for ‘Easter on Parade’

Richmond
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Bill Montgomery hoists bags of mulch from his SUV to the yard in front of his Monument Avenue home. 

Since moving to the street eight years ago, he has become a landscaper of sorts a few days before Easter.

Montgomery’s family holds an open house for about 150 people. 

“Friends kinda drop in, kids are welcome, dogs are welcome, so it’s our big annual event,” Montgomery describes.
 
Easter on Parade brings out 25,000 people to celebrate spring. Many of them wear bonnets for annual competitions and have on their Sunday best.

Sondra Grisafi estimates she has attended Easter on Parade 30 times. This year she is hosting her cousin Graciela Grisafi from Argentina.

“It doesn’t matter what the weather is or what’s gone on in the world, it’s always exciting to be here,” Grisafi relays. “It’s uplifting and inspirational.”

Live performances, vendors, a petting zoo, children’s activities and food are available along the route.

Everyone has their favorite part.

“The children, the children,” Grisafi says. “They’re just absolutely gorgeous.”

Adds Montgomery, “Just everybody come out and have a good time.”

With so many people attending Easter on Parade, it does create some traffic troubles on and around Monument Avenue.

There are already no parking signs up on Monument Avenue from Allen to Davis along with the side streets. Parking is restricted from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Detours will also be set up for street closures during the event which will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

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