Some will say that hats are about function; they keep your head warm in winter, cool in summer, or protected from falling objects. There are religious hats that inspire reverence, and police hats that command respect.
This is all true, but in springtime, the Charleston Hat Ladies will say (with a chahmin’ southern drawl): “Phooey on a bunch of function!” Hats are a fashion statement, and the best time to show off your stylish chapeau is the annual Easter Promenade.
The informal parade starts at Washington Square in downtown, and proceeds down Meeting Street to the tree-shaded Battery. It’s a low-key event, in a slow, southern sort of way, but the participants are strutin’ their stuff, and having a great time.
The parade members range from excited toddlers to reserved southern matrons, and all are having a fine time. Charleston is a very colorful place in spring, and the Hat Ladies’ Promenade adds a big splash to this color.
And if you think that hats are the perfect adornment for going to church, then head north to Virginia to see the Smallest Church in America.