The 11th Annual Easter Hat Parade at Saint Patrick’s Academy in Bay Ridge

Parade celebrates 11th year

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Saint Patrick’s Academy held its 11th annual Easter Hat Parade on April 11.

Some 225 kids from kindergarten to eighth grade donned their homemade holiday headgear for an audience of parents and grandparents.

“It’s a very enjoyable way to get everybody ready for Easter,” said Andrea Demic, principal of the 97th Street and Fourth Avenue school.

Demic started the parade when she arrived at Saint Pat’s 11 years ago, carrying the tradition on from her previous post at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

“I just brought it with me,” said Demic.

The hats are a homework assignment that kids complete with the help of their families. Graduating eighth grader Matthew Kulaka took home this year’s prize for best in school. The Easter Bunny also made a visit, to the delight of children and adults alike.

“It’s just a wonderful event that everyone looks forward to each year,” said Demic.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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