Make something and join the fray! Towering head-pieces, burlesque body-extensions, performing objects, and cacophonous instruments are all welcome. Line-up starts along N 5th Street at the Hudson Area Library.  Let us know you're coming and check in by 1:30 PM at the Library gates. (last-minute, off-the-cuff Hatters are also welcome). We step off at 2 o'clock. This year, everyone must wear a COVID-safe face covering (bonus points if you make it into something beautiful).


HELP! How do I make a Mad Hat? Got any tips?

YES, we've got a whole workshop! Come to an all-ages Mad Hat Slam for hours of free Millinery Madness. We'll hook you up with basic workshop materials and tools, (bling & exotic accessories are on you). Workshops take place outdoors on May 1 and May 2 in Hudson, between Noon and 6PM. Spaces/times are limited this year, so reserve your spot through our online form. We'll get back to you with exact workshop location and confirmation of your 3-hour time-slot. Be sure to bring work clothes, and feel free to sketch out your dream hat before you come!


I want to be in the Parade, but I’m not so crafty. Can I join even if I don’t make something?

PHOTO: China Jorrin Photography

YES, we have random readymade Mad Hats (and a few giant puppets, masks, etc.) longing to be worn. We need volunteers like YOU to bring them to life in the Parade. Just fill out our online volunteer form, and we’ll be in touch. Readymade Mad Hatters should check in by 1PM to find their perfect match.  No experience is necessary – one will be provided!

Do you need help organizing the parade?

YES! Especially this year, we'll need a few extra hands to safely line up the parade, hand out extra hats and masks, and cheerfully help people keep a safe distance in procession. If you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) please contact us via our online volunteer form if you would like to join out cadre of Mad Hat Marshals.​