In Defense of the Easter Bonnet: Mad Hatters Art Exhibit is Your Excuse for Freaky Headwear

Whatever happened to the tradition of wearing a big crazy hat for Easter? Years ago, when dinosaurs walked the earth and hatched out of giant pink eggs laid by the sabre-tooth Easter bunny, women and children would flounce down the main streets of their hometowns on Easter Sunday, displaying giant hats in an annual Easter Parade. Judy Garland even sang about the weird custom.

Cultist wants to bring back wearing hats -- and no, that old Von Dutch trucker cap in the back of your closet doesn't count. Neither do the mouse ears you bought at your drunken weekend to Disney World. If you're gonna attend tomorrow's Mad Hatter Art Exhibit tomorrow, April 7th at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, you'd damn well better represent.

On display at the garden: edible sculptures, hats, ceramics, sculptures, installations and other artistic works by artists Carlos Alves, Mark Osterman, Gretchen Scharnagi, Karen Schenll-Chisholm, Pip Brant, JC Carroll, and Charo Orquet.

Some will be on sale, meaning you'll be able to take home a lovely souvenir commemorating that time you wore a three-foot-tall, bedazzled, flower-adorned headpiece around in public.

Admission is (best of all) free. So get out the glue gun, decorate that old hat you inherited from your crazy aunt Sophie, and let's bring back crazy hats at Easter time!

Need some inspiration? Try these bonnets on for size:

The Mad Hatters Art Exhibit takes place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Admission is free.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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