White House Egg Roll Transforms South Lawn
By Garance Franke-Ruta
President Obama and the first family are hosting one heck of an Easter Egg Roll at the White House today. Thanks to online ticketing, 30,000 people from 45 states are expected to attend -- about 10,000 more than usual. The theme of this year's event is "Let's go play," to encourage young people to lead healthy and active lives.
The South Lawn egg roll, a Washington tradition since 1878, is open in two-hour shifts to pre-ticketed families with children 10 or younger and features athletic activities -- such as dance, yoga, soccer and basketball -- with stars of Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association and the Women's National Basketball Association; cooking classes with celebrity chefs such as José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn and Art Smith; and live music from the likes of Fergie, Ziggy Marley and Jessica Jarrell.
The Easter Egg Roll is the largest annual event on the White House grounds.
Posted at 11:25 AM ET on Apr 13, 2009
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