Each year a gaggle of gays and their hesitant friends assembles together in their fanciest hats and hits the streets of Ivanhoe Village and crawls from pub to pub in support of local charity as part of the Easter Bonnet Jubilee Extravaganza. And to have an amazing time.
The annual event took a few years off due to the pandemic but is back in full force this year on April 8 for the eighth year. It’s part runway contest and part pub crawl, with this year’s festivities kicking off with a fashion runway in front of the attendees at Savoy (Website) at 7:30 p.m. and the annual judging of everyone’s sashes, bonnets, and overall style, with awards given in a number of categories.
The best bonnets are handmade and original. I’ll be one of the judges at this year’s event, so you better bring your A-game or a lot of singles to tip me with.
Following the judging and runway, everyone hikes up their skirts to sashay through the Village along North Orange Avenue, with stops at participating bars, including The Yard and The Hammered Lamb.
Funds raised will be donated to the Zebra Foundation.
Scroll down to see some photos of previous bonnet participants.