Easter Egg Roll draws thousands to White House

By Michael Hernandez, Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter events draw over 30,000 people to the South Lawn of the White House on Monday

Easter events draw over 30,000 people to the South Lawn of the White House on Monday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 30,000 people from across the U.S. descended on the South Lawn of the White House Monday to partake in the 136th Easter Egg Roll.

This year’s activities themed “Hop Into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” are part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The First Lady has taken up youth fitness and healthy lifestyles as key initiatives while in the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The roll, where eggs are physically rolled from one end of the course to the other in a race, was reported to be the largest event held on the South Lawn.

Attendees were able to partake in a number of activities before the egg roll, including sports and cooking stations, storybook readings and craft areas.

Celebrities and athletes attended the roll, including Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, retired NBA star Adrian Dantley, former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, actor Jim Carrey and singer Ariana Grande. Cam Anthony, the 12 year-old discovered singing on YouTube, performed the National Anthem. 

The Easter Egg Roll is held every year on the Monday after Easter on the South Lawn of the White House. The tradition began in 1878 under 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.

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