Dallas Celebrates Easter in a Big Way


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday March 10, 2008

What do big bonnets, costumed canines and colorfully coordinated outfits have in common? The annual Easter celebration in Dallas, of course! A full weekend of fun awaits travelers, including the 23rd annual Easter in the Park celebration on Sunday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lee Park.

Easter in the Park is one of the largest annual outdoor events in Dallas, attracting thousands of attendees to celebrate the holiday with food, fun and music. Organized by the Turtle Creek Association and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, patrons are invited to come out and picnic on the grounds of Lee Park.
Attendees can bring their own picnic items or enjoy the variety of foods offered by vendors. In addition, both local and national organizations will be present with booths and tents for spectators to visit.

Easter in the Park is an event that is popular in the gay community, attracting large groups of friends dressed in colorfully coordinated outfits and elaborately decorated bonnets. Many attendees even set up tents and decorate them with festive Easter d?cor, inviting other attendees to stop by and mingle.

The day's festivities include a Pooch Parade, which features more than 150 dogs and their owners vying for awards and prizes. All Easter in the Park attendees are welcome to bring their dog, but animals must remain on a leash at all times.

Contestants can enter the parade for a $10 fee and compete for Best Dressed Dog, Best Large Dog, Best Little Dog, and Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike. The contest is preceded by an SPCA of Texas parade of adoptable dogs.

To add elegance and mood to an already festive day, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform live in the park at 3 p.m. According to Errika Flood, director of community engagement for the Orchestra, Easter in the Park is a wonderful opportunity to serenade patrons with a symphony of sound.

"We've been performing at Easter in the Park for over 20 years, and it's an event that everyone at the Orchestra looks forward to each year," says Flood. "This special outdoor performance gives the Orchestra a chance to share the musical excellence of its musicians."

Lee Park is located at the corner of Turtle Creek Boulevard and Lemmon Avenue in Dallas. Admission is free and street parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

The celebration continues at bars and clubs along the Cedar Springs strip in Oak Lawn, where prizes will be awarded for Best Bonnet. Other festivities include events and services at Cathedral of Hope, the largest LGBT church in the world.
Planning a weekend getaway to Dallas is easy. View hotel packages and flight information today by visiting www.glbtdallas.com.

About the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Dallas is a destination that inspires big ideas and promises many memorable experiences. This richly diverse city is home to some of the best shopping and dining in America; one of the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations; and outstanding performing and visual arts in the largest urban arts district in the nation. Dallas is an authentic, sophisticated and distinctive gateway. For additional GLBT visitor information, please visit www.glbtdallas.com or www.visitdallas.com/diversity.

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