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33rd annual Easter party

Keep on hoppin': Bunnies on the Bayou celebrate a Houston tradition

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When the Easter weather is nice, the bunnies come out in droves. That was the case at Fish Plaza at the Wortham Theater Center Sunday for the 33rd annual Bunnies on the Bayou party. What started as a small gathering of gay friends in a Montrose apartment complex on Easter Sunday, 1979, has grown into a Guinness Book of World Records-worthy cocktail party and major charity fundraiser that draws tourists from across the nation along with a sizable contingent of Houstonians who make it part of their Easter holiday tradition. Photographer Dalton DeHart captured the spirit of the occasion.

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Shhhhh! Colorful parasols are part of this group's pastel attire.

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Easter bonnets are always encouraged.

 

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A Bunnies on the Bayou rule: Your hat can never be too large or too outrageous. 

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The sunny weather attracted a large crowd to Fish Plaza at the Wortham Center, which has been home to the annual fundraiser for years. The proceeds are divided among 12 charities that aid the gay and lesbian community.

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These bunnies have been working out in preparation for the big day.

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The Bunnies on the Bayou host committee spends most of the year planning the event.

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Mixing and mingling was the order of the day.

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These revelers are all ears.

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This GCB group is in the pink.

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Even pooches get in the spirit.

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Fish Plaza at the Wortham had a carnival-like atmosphere.

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At the front of the plaza, a number of groups decorated tents. This one had a Hawaiian/bunny theme.

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Orange you glad that bunnies come in a variety of shapes and sizes?

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Plaid attack from these peeps, who can't wait to return next year!