What an unlikely scene it must have been to see Boardwalk Empire star, Steve Buscemi and the boys of Vampire Weekend heading the Easter Parade in New York yesterday, but yes indeed, it did happen.
Before the bunny hopping holiday even began, the band tweeted that bassist Chris Baio was digging through his family history only to find out that he is in fact “a distant cousin of actor Steve Buscemi.” They continued by letting fans know that, Buscemi was excited about finding out about their family connection.
“He has reached out to Mr. Buscemi who was VERY EXCITED about the connection. We are thrilled about the potential for showbiz synergy. There is more exciting news to come! For now, look at these beautiful, long-lost cousins”
The band and Buscemi were on present to hand out chocolate eggs at New York City’s Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. Buscemi took on the role of Easter bunny by wearing the floppy ears and handed out Easter eggs. Just in case there was some kind of misunderstanding about what was going on, the band and the actor held a huge banner that let the unsuspecting (or suspecting?) people know what was happening.
Thanks to Coup de Main magazine, here are some pictures from the parade.
Here’s a snippet of Buscemi singing through a megaphone the band’s new song, “Diane Young”: