First Thursday - Hats Along the Avenue

  • April 14, 2016
  • 6:00 PM
  • Along Mt. Vernon Avenue

April 14, pull out your favorite hat, Easter Bonnet, or Crazy Hat Day-inspired creation, and stroll the Avenue for the theme "Hats Along the Avenue." The First Thursday features music from Mars Rodeo (at the Farmers Market Lot), a hat parade, photo booth by Meghan LaPrairie, discounts for showing your hat at select local businesses, and more.

Pets are welcome.  Pets with Hats are also welcome! 

Hats Along the Avenue is sponsored by Bobi Bomar's Team Homes of Alexandria.

Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to support Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that serves over 100 local children at Mount Vernon Community School and Maury Elementary School. Blessings in a Backpack provides food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Suggested items include macaroni and cheese, microwave rice or mashed potatoes, apple sauce, crackers, granola bars, cereal bars, oatmeal packets, black beans, canned ravioli or pastas, small boxes of raisins, small boxes of milk, canned chicken, and pudding cups; single-serve items are best.

Held the first Thursday of each spring and summer month along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring together the community around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit. The event is sponsored by Del Ray Business Association.

For more information on First Thursday, visit For more information on Blessings in a Backpack, visit




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