The Easter Egg Roll at the White House
The White House is gearing up for one of its most high-profile events this Monday, the annual Easter Egg Roll.
The White House Easter Egg Roll is a Presidential tradition dating back more than 139 years.
Last month, the Trump White House confirmed that the event will be happening again this year, though at a much smaller scale than recent years.
Twenty-one thousand guests will participate in the daylong event of games, storytelling, live entertainment and egg rolling compared to the 35,000 guests who attended the Hussein Obama’s last Egg Roll.
No entertainers are scheduled to perform.
The American Egg Board, a marketing organization that represents egg farmers and promotes egg consumption, has donated 30,000 eggs to the Egg Roll for the past 40 years.
Half of the eggs are dyed and ready for egg rolling, hunting and decorating. The other half are served as “EggPops” read: hard-boiled eggs on a stick.
The History and Tradition
The Easter tradition actually got its start at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, after the Civil War, children rolled eggs on the lawn of the US Capitol every Easter Monday.
Then by Y 1876, Congress was fed up because the festivities ruined the grass on the lawn. So it passed a law to protect its lawn and keep the Easter egg-rollers away.
But, 2 years later, President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed families to the 1st Easter egg roll at the White House.
The festivities have changed over the years.
During Grover Cleveland’s 2 presidencies, children were allowed to roll eggs in the East Room, they ruined the carpet in the process, it ended.
Benjamin Harrison invited the US Marine Band to play at the Y 1889 event, the band performs to this day at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
First Lady Lou Hoover did not like the smell of rotten eggs, so she introduced Maypole and folk dances in Y 1929.
First lady Pat Nixon implemented the 1st hunt with real eggs.
The Easter Bunny hopped on over to the event in Y 1969, and spoons from the White House kitchen were added to the egg roll races in Y 1974.
And wooden eggs signed by the President and First Lady have been handed out at every egg roll since The Reagan Administration.
On average, around 35,000 people have attended the White House Easter Egg Roll in recent years.
“I think we’re going to have an egg-cellent time,” President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer said in a White House briefing Friday.
Have a Happy Easter.
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