Easter Hat Parade with the Mini Cooper Car Club

One of the most wonderful things about living in western North Carolina are the small towns and the fun things there are to do with every holiday, and most weekends through spring, summer and fall.  Every year on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the small town of Dillsboro hosts an Easter Hat Parade, marching all four blocks of its tiny downtown.  For several years, the Appalachian Mountain Minis club of Mini Cooper car owners has been a part of this parade, decorating their cars and driving down the main street, waving to the crowd.  This year we decided to go see what fun they were having.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Members met up ahead of time, and drove as a group to the staging area to decorate their cars.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Some quite creative ideas were on display, using vinyl clings and magnets to hold the decorations in place.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Happy Easter banners adorned several of the cars.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

There was a cute inflatable rabbit fastened to the back of this convertible.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Once the cars were decorated, they were lined up ready for the parade to begin.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Easter decorations adorned the windows and on the street.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Colored plastic eggs were tucked into flower boxes.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Antique cars were parked along the street next to the cars for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  It had brought a number of railcars of people in to shop from Bryson City.  These cars were part of the parade later.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

The Mini Cooper Parade led the way and came down the street slowly, drivers and passengers waving to the crowds, with some handing out goodies to the kids.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Bunnies, peeps, and silly props were so fun, and everyone seemed to have a blast.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Then the Hat Parade.  Participants made their own at home, or they could make one at a crafting area at the end of the street.  They walked the short distance.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

There were numbers given to parade participants, and presumably a prize for the best hat, although we didn’t stay to see who won.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

We were really pulling for Judith, a Mini Cooper club member with a spectacular entry.  Yes, I made a hat at home and wore it, and I’ll show it to you later.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

After the parade, the club went on a spirited drive west of Dillsboro, around country roads and twisty switchbacks.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Lovely pastoral views, although the trees are still bare.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Around the valley and then up into the mountains.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

We motored up to the Blue Ridge Parkway after almost an hour drive.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Then, we stopped at at Water Rock Knob overlook to take a break.  We took a bit of good natured teasing about not having a Mini yet, but that may be solved soon.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Lovely views, even though here too the trees were sparse, except for the evergreens.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

The views of the layers of mountains always look beautiful.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Back down to the valley, driving past farm lands and horses.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

Then returning to Dillsboro, we headed to a member’s home for a pot luck meal.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

I came up with a new recipe for a side dish for the pot luck, Asian Broccoli Cabbage Salad that I’ll share on Sunday.

Asian Broccoli Cabbage Salad at From My Carolina Home

Crowding into the drive, it is fun to see all the cars together.  Thanks to Steven and Lester for opening their beautiful home and hosting the meal.

Dillsboro Easter Parade at From My Carolina Home

We enjoyed such good food and camaraderie.  We are looking forward to doing more with this group of fun and friendly people.

Appalachian Mountain Mini Club on From My Carolina Home

Did you do something fun on Easter Weekend?

22 thoughts on “Easter Hat Parade with the Mini Cooper Car Club

  1. Kari

    What fun…I love Mini Coopers although I do not have one. Did I miss your hat? Have a great week.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  2. Rosemaryflower

    Oh what fun!
    We do not have a mini cooper but they look cute.
    Hubbs and I love cars.
    We have a Saab 93t. It is very nice to drive.
    I usually drive my Acura rdx. I am looking for a new car next year, but it will probably be another crossover, and most likely Acura…. or maybe something higher end like BMW or Merc.

    Your adventure was a fun day

  3. Phyllis Smith

    Goodness gracious! What fun you all had. It is so great to see all us elderly fun seekers having such a great time and making up your own car floats. More of us ought to do just that.

    Phyllis

  4. Camille

    Ha ha! I follow yours, and other, quilting blogs and learn so much. The divergent topics are an added element. Honestly, I enjoy the recipes, tablescapes, and garden tidbits, too. We do have a MIni Cooper Roadster so the parade details were interesting. Photos of the group of MIni Cooper owners enjoying the day together makes me anxious for spring to arrive in Minnesota so the Cooper can come out of hibernation.

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; Your new blog is lovely and very sophisticated. I hope that you are very happy with it! All of the parade pictures were wonderful and full of fun. I am looking forward to seeing your hat and reading your recipe also. I hope that you have a wonderful day!

  6. Marina Brivio

    I love💗💗💗 mini Cooper my dream for my new car…now is only a dream i wish mini countrymam👍but my husband don’t like😖now wee have Jeep gran cherokee black 😋dear Carole ecxuse me forma my bad english!!!enjoy😘

  7. Melanie

    What a fun and fabulous day ending with a nice potluck with friends! Lovely and original hats on display. you are so right, Judith had a wonderfully decorated Easter hat! Can’t wait to see yours.

  8. It is wonderful to see small towns making a great effort to have these events. And they obviously get great support. Thanks for sharing the fun in your photos.

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