Hop into the Easter spirit and bring the kids out to enjoy the annual Easter Parade! It’s a bright, colorful, and fun way to begin the Easter holiday. The Parade is at 2p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020. The route begins at the Whiting YMCA and ends in front of City Hall. If your organization or business would like to participate, call the Chamber at 219-659-0292 to register.
Begin your day at Whiting Lakefront Park for the City of Whiting’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 am.
Who comes out during the Easter season in Whiting after a long winter’s nap? Bunch-o-Bunnies of course! The Bunnies will be hopping along the sidewalks of 119th Street before and after the parade.
If you didn’t get enough furry fun from our Bunch-o-Bunnies, join the Easter Bunny as he visits the Chamber again this year for your photo opportunity! Stop in from 11a.m. until 3 p.m. for an individual or group photo with the Easter Bunny, all ages and leashed pets are welcome. Photos are only $10 per sheet (one pose), and we will email you all of your poses. Visit with the Easter Bunny and capture the memory of the Easter season Call 219-659-0292 for more details.
After the Parade visit the Easter Bonnet Contest. Folks spend weeks ahead of time adding plastic eggs, bows, lace, pierogi or whatever you like to make it into a unique bonnet. Enter your creation into the WR Chamber’s Annual Bonnet Contest sponsored by Baran Funeral Home. Wear your bonnet to the parade on April 13th which lines up at 1:30p.m. by the YMCA (Community Center) and be a part of our festive Easter Parade.
The Easter Bonnet Contest immediately follows in front of City Hall. There are monetary awards for each of the three categories: child, teen and adult. Host of the Bonnet Contest will be Marty Dybel from Baran Funeral Home. If you’ve never come for the Bonnet Contest, you simply must. Some of these chapeaus are incredibly clever or just pretty springtime fluff. Whether it’s a guy or girl, big or little, wearing one of these bonnets, it’s always a good time had by all. The Easter Bonnet contest is a fun way to tip your hat toward Spring.
While waiting for your photo op with the bunny, vote for your favorite Peeps Project. The projects are displayed at the Whiting YMCA for everyone to see and enjoy. A prize will be awarded to the project that gets the most votes in the adult category, the teen category (13-18) and to the most votes in the children’s competition (12 years and under). Winners are determined in all 3 categories by “Peeples Choice,” so make sure to support your favorite! You will definitely enjoy taking a peep at this year’s entries! Call 219-370-5091 ext: 210 to find out more about the peeps contest!
Make sure you visit downtown Whiting for our Easter Celebration. While you’re here, stop at one of our great eateries and shop small and local for your Easter baskets!
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While coming to Whiting you can also visit Mindbenders puzzles and games, Mascot Hall of Fame, Region Escape Room, Whoa Zone, Oilmen Baseball, Pierogi Festival, Hoosier Theatre and J & L This and That Consignment Shop.