Philadelphia Easter Promenade to Hop Down South Street on Easter Sunday

Philadelphia Easter Parade, Philadelphia Easter Promenade, South Street

Hop on down to South Street Headhouse District for some free, egg-citing family fun during the 87th annual Easter Promenade on Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Come dressed in Sunday Best and parade down South Street in this grand and popular tradition that is the region's largest event on Easter Sunday. Master of ceremonies Henri David returns to lead the parade from the corner of Passyunk Avenue/South Street down to Headhouse Square (2nd Street) at 12:30pm. Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the Bunny Hop, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail and much more. Bring your camera and stick around to meet the Easter Bunny himself, and see who wins the best dressed contests! The parade itself kicks off at 12:30pm with judging until approximately 2:00pm.

Children and adults can enter to be crowned Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle or Best Easter Bonnet – even your pet can win big if he or she is looking spiffy! Celebrity judges will announce the winners in at least 12 categories. Past categories have included:

Best Dressed Baby (Under 2 years)
Best Dressed Little Girl (2-5 years)
Best Dressed Little Boy (2-5 years)
Best Dressed Young Girl (6-12 years)
Best Dressed Young Boy (6-12 years)
Best Dressed Teen Girl (13-19 years)
Best Dressed Teen Boy (13-19 years)
Best Dressed Woman (20+ years)
Best Dressed Man (20+ years)
Best Dressed Family
Best Dressed Pet
Best Easter Bonnet
Best South Street Razzle Dazzle

Invited speakers and judges to date include Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla, State Representative Brian Sims and WDAS FM radio personality Patty Jackson, Retrospect manager Erin Kennedy and Fabric Row's Oxyomoron owner Monica Monique.

Don't miss this FREE family event, filled with fun and surprises! Come to South Street Headhouse District before the Promenade or stay afterwards to enjoy a spring brunch at one of South Street's brunch hot spots.

For more information, visit or call 215-413-3713. Follow the Promenade fun on Twitter and Instagram at @officialsouthst#easterpromenade

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** Brauhaus Schmitz
718 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 909-8814

Easter Brunch: 

Brauhaus Schmitz will be open and serving up it full menu plus Easter Brunch specials including Pfannkuchen (German crepes, hazelnut, chocolate Joghurt filling, fresh berries, mint), Rabbit Benedict (Two poached eggs, rabbit confit smokey hollandaise, brioche, asparagus), Osterschinken (Dark rye open faced sandwich, house-cured Easter ham goat cheese, truffle honey, grilled cauliflower), American Breakfast (Two eggs any style, bacon, fried potatoes, toast), Bavarian Breakfast (Warm Bavarian brezel, weisswurst hard boiled egg, sweet mustard) and other tempting offerings. (Menu available in the folder of images.) 

** The Twisted Tail
509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 558-2471

Grand Easter Brunch Buffet
$48/person and $25 for kids (3-10years)   

Twisted Tail gives you a prime sidewalk seat for the Easter Promenade stage and judging of the best bonnets! Enjoy the show with a cocktail in hand and specials for those hungry little rabbits.

The Twisted Tail will be serving a decadent Easter Brunch Buffet with a cornucopia of seasonal brunch items. Highlights include multiple Chef stations: carved Porchetta, Spring Leg of Lamb, omelets, and waffles. Displayed food will include Bagels and Breakfast Pastries, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp cocktail, Spring vegetables, Fresh Fruit, and Mini Desserts. Reservations available by phone or via OpenTable. *Credit Card required to secure reservation and 48 hours notice is required for cancellation. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included. Discounts and Promotions cannot be applied to holiday menus. Menus are subject to change due to availability.

** Whetstone Tavern
700 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 239-0906

Easter Brunch: 
Brunch 10:00am-3:00pm

Whetstone Tavern will host Easter Brunch and spring cocktails at 5th and Bainbridge - with indoor and outdoor seating in the nice weather. The menu will include Shrimp and Grits, Eggs Benedict, Duck Confit and Butternut Squash Hash, Steak and Eggs, Drunken Monkey Pancakes and more. Also, enjoy bottomless mimosas for only $25.00. 

** Ela
627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-8512

Easter Brunch

Menu, hours and specials are to be announced. 

** The Sweet Life Bakeshop
740 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 717-7770

Easter Saturday - Come in before Sunday! 

The Sweet Life Bakeshop will be open on Easter Sunday with Easter Cupcakes (baby chicks and rabbits), carrot cake on special, lemon bars on special - and of course, signature banana cream pudding!

** The Good King Tavern
614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-3700

Easter Hours:

The Good King Tavern will be open and serving up brunch favorites like Eggs in their Nest, red wine poached eggs in a potato nest as well as the “Offal” Sandwich featuring roasted sweetbreads, gruyère, egg with a sauerkraut aioli.

** Bainbridge Street Barrel House
627 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 324-3553

Easter Hours:
Brunch 10:00am-3:00pm, Dinner Closed

Stop by the Bainbridge Street Barrel House for juicy burgers, plates of mussels, fresh crisp salads, smoked pulled pork or anything in between. Plus, for the grown-ups look for one of the city’s largest selection of craft drafts, ciders and more on tap.

** Pizzeria Stella
420 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 320-8000

Easter Hours:

Located across the street from the Easter Promenade judging stage, Pizzeria Stella will offer wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas and a large variety of antipasti. Every year, Pizzeria Stella is a family favorite - and if the weather is nice, dine in their extensive outdoor seating area.

** Plenty Cafe Queen Village
705 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia PA 19147

Easter Hours: 

Enjoy all day lite bites, sandwiches, salads, breakfast favorites, baked goods, cheese and charcuterie, cocktails, coffee service, dessert and more.