May 11, 2011

Living the HAT dream

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2011,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 9:22 pm


I had a dream. It was a sunny day and I was pleasantly walking down my favorite street in Barcelona with friends. 500 friends. All wearing their hats. For once I was not the odd one out, the weirdo with a hat, if anyone felt out of place it was the occasional bare headed pedestrian looking in surprise at that endless sea of hats.

Only it wasn’t a dream. It really happened.

Last Sunday May 8th close to 500 hat lovers joined forces and shared their love for hats in a festive stroll down Rambla Catalunya in Barcelona. The press were there, TV channels, newspapers, all in awe at the incredible number of people that had showed up.

Even better, we had a police escort that made sure we didn’t have to stop for the incoming traffic. I thought I would never see it, but there it was, the busiest street in Barcelona, Aragó, with it’s traffic stopped to allow us, all 500 of us,  safe crossing. Amazing.

Nina Pawlowsky and I (Cristina de Prada) want to thank everyone that took part in this event and turned it into the success that it was.


I hope to see you all next year, the VIII Passejada amb Barret (Stroll with a hat) will take place on April 15th 2012.


  1. OH yes! you can be sure we’ll be there again in 2012… it was just hapiness and beauty and fun! I would love to do this every sunday!
    Thanks a lot for organizing this dream!

    Comment by guitarnina — May 11, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

  2. WOWEE!!! Amazing to say the least!! I’ll try to get there 2012!!! You and Nina are fly like a G 6!!!


    Comment by S. Montez Murphy — May 12, 2011 @ 2:38 am

  3. Congratulations to you and Nina!! You look FABULOUS and you’ve made this event such a wonderful success. Wish I could have been there. Maybe next year?

    Comment by Kate Pernia — May 12, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  4. It was a wonderful day and an amazing experience to atend!

    Comment by Joaco — May 13, 2011 @ 9:47 am

  5. Christina, you look amazing! Love it! wow – 500 Hat Revivalists marching in unison! What a coup for the hat world. I’m sure it was a blast. Hmmm…maybe I should start planning a holiday for next year… 🙂 XO

    Comment by Kelly Dunlap — May 14, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

  6. I read the contest results in Hats Magazine, congratulations. Like your hat and congrats, also, on your event.

    Comment by Lee — May 15, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  7. Thank you Lee! Also for following our Hat Stroll on Facebook!
    Let’s see what happens with the competition, there’s a long way to go.
    Congratulations also to you for the hard work on your blog!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — May 15, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  8. Well done Cristina, you look fabulous in your blue cube hat and it looks the event was a major success. You should be very proud! x

    Comment by Catherine Povey — May 16, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

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