Bonnets, bunnies and baptisms: A look back at Easter in St. Louis Apr 12, 10分11选5计划 Apr 12, 10分11选5计划 0 Photo memories of how St. Louisans have celebrated the holiday. Easter 1924 The 1924 Easter parade of automobiles in Forest Park. Gathering in the park on Easter became popular shortly after the 1904 World's Fair, and the promenade switched to wheels as driving became more popular. The view is in the northeast corner of the park. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1928 Catholics leave the St. Louis Cathedral, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, after the 11 a.m. Solemn High Easter Mass on April 8, 1928. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1935 Protestants gather in Forest Park for the sunrise service on Easter 1935. The Metropolitan Church Federation, an association of 600 local churches, began holding the annual dawn service at the eastern end of the park in 1927. The setting moved to the Municipal Opera in 1936, and the tradition would continue through 1969. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1936 Kids await the start of the Webster Groves Easter egg hunt in 1936. Post-Dispatch file photo St. Louis Post-Dispatch Easter 1939 Churchgoers in their Easter best leave the St. Louis Cathedral after Mass in 1939. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1940 Kids dash for the hidden eggs in Forest Park on Easter 1940. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1941 Members of the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, 2701 Wash Street, prepare a candidate for baptism on Easter 1941. The congregation conducted full-immersion baptisms in the Mississippi River downtown at the foot off Chestnut street. The church held the baptisms for 29 years until it moved in 1944 from Wash, near Jefferson Avenue and Cole Street, to the 4500 block of Page Avenue. Photo by Jack January of the Post-Dispatch Easter 1941 The congregation of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church walks with its baptismal candidates toward the Mississippi River on Easter 1941. In the background is the St. Louis (Old) Courthouse, grimy from St. Louis' infamous coal-smoke pollution. At right on Third Street is the St. Louis Merchants Exchange, which was demolished in 1957. Photo by Jack January of the Post-Dispatch Easter 1941 baptism The Rev. G.H. Pruitt, pastor of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, his hand upraised, prays over a candidate before she is baptized in the Mississippi River on Easter 1941. The scene is on the cobblestone landing at the foot of Chestnut Street, on the downtown riverfront. Photo by Jack January of the Post-Dispatch Easter 1946 Worshipers jam the Municipal Opera for the annual sunrise service on Easter 1946, the 20th anniversary of the annual event in Forest Park sponsored by the Metropolitan Church Federation. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1946 Connie Brown, representing the St. Louis Society for Crippled Children, hands a candy bunny to Jerome Martin, 9, as a reward for selling 1,450 Easter Seals. Brown visited the students of Turner School for Crippled Children, 4235 West Kennerly Avenue, for Easter 1946. The South Side Kiwanis Club provided Easter baskets for the students. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1947 Children at the Evangelical Children's 10分11选5计划, 8240 St. Charles Rock Road in Overland, dash for eggs on Easter 1947. Eight Girl Scout troops had prepared and hidden the eggs. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1949 Patricia Staples, 3, shows off some of the eggs she found during the hunt on Easter 1949 at Buder Park, at Ewing and Rutger streets. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1949 Four children enjoy an outing in Forest Park on Easter 1949. They are, from left, Lodell Parks Jr., 4056 Aldine Avenue; John Wesley Johnson, 4819 Fountain Avenue; and Sandra and Reginald Cook of 4825 Fountain. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1952 Women protect their hats and bundle up against a brisk chill during a walk along Maryland Avenue, just east of Kingshighway, on Easter 1952. They are, from left, Doris Engelhardt, Myrtle Loehr, Glenda Scott, Virgeen Smith and Gerry Maurer. Photo by Kenneth Gouldthorpe of the Post-Dispatch Easter 1952 Young churchgoers brave chilly weather for their admirers outside the St. Louis Cathedral on Easter 1952. They are, from left, John, Jerry and Mimi Keaveny, the children of Mr. and Mrs. John Keaveny of 5094 Vernon Avenue. Photo by Kenneth Gouldthorpe of the Post-Dispatch Easter 1959 Worshipers gather beneath the pavilion at the Municipal Opera to avoid the rain on Easter 1959. Only about 2,000 people took part in the Metropolitan Church Federation sunrise service that year because of steady storms. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1960 The Kirkwood High School chorus, supported by the Salvation Army band, sings during the sunrise service at the Municipal Opera on Easter 1960. Methodist Bishop Eugene Frank gave the sermon. Post-Dispatch file photo Easter 1963 The egg hunt in Tilles Park in Ladue gets underway on Easter 1963. These children are kindergartners from Schall Elementary School, Manchester and Rock Hill roads. Photo by Buel White of the Post-Dispatch Buel White Easter 1968 Worshipers gather at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park for the Metropolitan Church Federation's Easter sunrise service in 1968. The event had been held for years at the Municipal Opera, and dwindling attendance would make the 1969 service the last of the 43-year series. Organizers said too many people were attending Easter services in their far-flung suburban neighborhoods. Photo by Renyold Ferguson of the Post-Dispatch Easter 1971 Worshipers gather in Tower Grove Park on Easter 1971 for the 42nd annual sunrise service sponsored by the St. Louis Christian Endeavor Union. Photo by Michael J. 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