The White House confirmed that the administration of US President Donald Trump will continue the tradition of Easter Egg Roll. It sets the 139th Easter Egg Roll date on April 17 at the South Lawn. The People’s House welcomes parents whose kids are 13 years old and younger to join the annual event.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump and his wife, Melania, are honoured to hold the occasion. “[The president and First Lady] are honoured to continue the traditions of the past, while creating new ones that will play a lasting role the fabric of our nation’s history,” he said in his White House press briefing.
Families can avail of their tickets to the event for free and will be distributed through an online lottery. Details on how to enter will be released later this month according to the White House.
The lottery will be conducted on Recreation.gov. More specific ticketing information will be announced before the month ends.
The Easter Egg Roll usually includes storytelling, musical performances, games, celebrity book readings and characters from PBS, such as “Dinosaur Train,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Sid the Science Kid.” Last year, former POTUS Barack Obama and then first lady, Michelle, marked his administration's last Easter Egg Roll.
"Today is a little bit bittersweet for us because this is the Obama administration's last Easter Egg Roll. If we think about what we've accomplished over these past seven years, it's pretty incredible,” Michelle said during her remarks.
The former FLOTUS said she was proud of her efforts to include more opportunities for aerobic exercise, which include a White House basketball court. Jay Z and Beyonce brought their daughter, Blue Ivy, during last year’s Easter Egg Roll.
Rayna Clay Mackay, Boston-area anaesthesiologist who participated in the event last year, said it was special to visit the White House. “It is special to visit the White House regardless of who is the president, but as an African American family to visit when President Obama was the sitting president was an honour," she stated via an email to News One.
The annual event dates back to 1878 during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. Per recreation.gov, those who are interested to attend must ensure that their account contact information is correct and current. Lottery and ticket information will be communicated through email.
The Easter Egg Roll has become the largest event held at the White House. It is filled with sports, interactive cooking demonstrat i ons, entertainment and the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The event pushes for healthy and active living.