There's no longer an Easter Parade on the Country Club Plaza -- the one hosted by the Patricia Stephens Modeling School, anyway -- but there is a connection to the song "Easter Parade," written by Irving Berlin and the inspiration for the movie of the same name with Judy Garland. The famous J.C. Nichols fountain in Mill Creek Park, the one with the big horses, was once on the New York estate of millionaire Clarence Mackay, who was Irving Berling's father-in-law.
You can share that bit of trivia on Easter Sunday -- April 4 -- if you're lucky enough to snag at table on the European-style balcony at Figlio Restaurant (209 West 46th Terrace), which looks down upon the famed fountain. Figlio offers a Sunday brunch every week, but for Easter Sunday, the brunch will be more elaborate (and more costly, at $27.95 for adults), with seafood and prime rib. Brunch service is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 816-561-0505 for reservations.
Another Plaza restaurant with a view of the fountain is the M&S Grill -- which has just begun serving brunch on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more details on the Easter Sunday plans, call 816-531-7799.
Over in Independence, the upscale restaurant on the Courthouse Square, Ophelia's, serves an Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to executive chef Marshall Roth, the restaurant will feature live music that day as well as a well-laden buffet including spring lamb, seafood, shrimp, vegetables and fresh fruit, salads, egg dishes and house-made pastries. The brunch is priced at $25 for adults. For reservations or more information, call 816-4461-4525.