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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
March 26, 2002

White House to Hold Annual Easter Egg Roll
— Spring Event, which started in 1878, is one of the oldest White House Traditions —

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Washington, D.C. — The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held Monday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the South Lawn of the White House.

The National Park Service will distribute free tickets on two dates for entry to the South Lawn. The majority of tickets will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, with the remaining tickets available beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 1. The tickets, which are timed for entrance, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (southwest corner of 15th and E Streets). A maximum of five tickets will be issued per person. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, as long as there is at least one child six years old or under and no more than two adults per group. No tickets are necessary for access or events on the Ellipse.

Activities begin at 7 a.m. on the Ellipse with food and entertainment. On the South Lawn, children age six and under can participate in the egg roll, and all children in egg decorating and other activities. For all family members, there will be live music; reading corners with special guest readers including Norman Bridwell, author of the "Clifford" series and Marc Brown, author of the "Arthur" series; and several stage shows, including presentations by well known zoologist and adventurer, Jack Hanna. Also in attendance will be some favorite characters from children's educational programming, including Barney the dinosaur, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Sesame Street's Elmo.

Baby strollers and wheelchairs will be permitted on the South Lawn; however, outside food, coolers and lawn chairs will not be allowed on the White House grounds. In order to facilitate entry into the event, please limit your carry-in items. All public entry into the Egg Roll will begin on the Ellipse. Guests will be escorted to the South Lawn per their designated ticket time. Parking will not be available near the White House and the use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The closest Metro stops are Federal Triangle and Metro Center.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please call the Visitors Office at (202) 456-7041 or visit the web site at

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