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Easter antique car parades set for the weekend

This Easter Sunday, many Americans will be getting together with friends and family members to celebrate. But, while for most the weekend will be filled with Easter egg hunts and silent prayer, select U.S. cities will also be hosting annual gatherings centered around or featuring the vehicles of classic car enthusiasts.

Perhaps the most notable event if you're looking to get involved this weekend is held in Garden City, New York, as the parade has received national attention. On April 8, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 57th Annual Easter Vintage Car Parade starting at 1 p.m.

According to Newsday, the 2011 event attracted more than 200 automobile enthusiasts sporting Model Ts, GTOs, El Dorados and Impalas. (Steve Levano and his blue 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible took the prize of the magazine's main photo). And while the parade is for vintage models, exceptions can be made depending on the vehicle.

Roger Eltringham, the chamber's president allowed one unlikely entrant in 2011, the news source notes, deeming a particularly pricey Italian sports car as a special case.

"I'm not a purist," Eltringham told the source. "This is just a bunch of happy people getting together every Easter to watch the cars."

However, if you can't make it to New York this weekend, other events around the country will be including classic cars.

On Saturday, the Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade will be held in Asheville, North Carolina. Here car lovers can delight visitors from Tennessee, South Carolina and the surrounding area with their vintage rides. In addition, Georgia will play host to a similar event in Avondale Estates on Sunday, where the Antique Automobile Club of America is hosting a gathering.

If you know of another Easter event, leave a comment here so more members can get involved!

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