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Easter Parade Up Fifth a Faithful Sign of Spring

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Christians here in the city and around the world on Sunday marked one of the holiest days on their calendar.

Churches around the five boroughs held special Easter masses including at Saint Patrick's Cathedral where Cardinal Timothy Dolan addressed thousands of the faithful.

Afterwards, thousands donned their bonnets and lined Fifth Avenue for the annual Easter Parade.

From low key to ostentatious, the bonnet designs as always provided an eyeful of creativity.

"I thought it was really colorful for Easter today and it's a beautiful day so it's really nice to have a splash of color and fun," said one participant.

"It's an homage to the egg exhibit that they had throughout the city, and I thought, every time I look at the Guggenheim I thought it looks like and Easter basket so I took that as inspiration," said another participant.

The Fifth Avenue tradition dates back to the 1870's.

Meantime, an estimated crowd of more than 100,000 packed St. Peter's Square for the pope's Easter Mass.

Vatican officials were worried about the event as thunderstorms lashed the area overnight. But the clouds parted, leaving attendees with a gorgeous day.

This year the Roman Catholic church's celebration of Easter lands on the same day as the Orthodox church celebrates the holiday.

Christians recognize Easter Sunday as the day Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion 2,000 years ago.

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