An annual Festival favorite, HATitude features the ordinary women and men who represent the everyday walks of life. They come together to enjoy good fashion, fellowship and food. The highlight of the three hour event is the HATtitude stroll, featuring fantastic hats and garb.
Some news accounts of HATitude:
ZORA! Festival 2013 Has “HATitude”
Roll out your bowlers. Dust off your derbies. Ready your bonnets. The HATitude Party is back for the 24th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival), which runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3, in Historic Eatonville and throughout Orange County.
ZORA! Festival celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African-American municipality, and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world. Activities include live concerts, educational seminars, heritage tours, museum exhibitions and an Outdoor Festival of the Arts.
HATitude was added to the festival in 2004 and became an instant festival favorite. This fun event, which celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s penchant for wearing hats, provides an opportunity for participants to be “the stars.”
The light-hearted luncheon is a fast-spaced event, where the focus is on food, fashion and having a good time. Whether you are 5 or 95, a woman or a man, if you want to come to HATitude, you need to know, “If you are not wearing a hat, you can’t get in!”
HATitude will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown, 304 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Ticket prices vary by age, and whether they are purchased in advance or at the door.
ZORA!’S Sassy And Colorful ‘HATtitude’ Brunch Is BackA festival favorite since 2004, HATitude Party & Brunch celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s affinity for hatswhile also paying tribute to African American hat traditions. All attendees are required to wear hats, and some are even invited to display their finery with a strut down the runway.In addition to her writings, Hurston is also remembered for her love of hats, and the ZORA! Festival wouldn’t be the same without the popular HATitude brunch. Attendees pay homage to the late author by donning their favorite headpieces, which range from mild to wild. One of the community’s most beloved festival traditions, HATitude will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown. Mrs. Annie V. Moore, a New Jersey resident who has been coming to Central Florida to attend the festival for years, is coordinating the family-friendly event, which requires paid admission.