21000 people, 18000 eggs: Trump White House braces for Easter Egg Roll

Lauren Perry
April 18, 2017

Some 21,000 people arrived at the White House lawn on Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll, typically one of the year's largest White House events and one that tested the hostessing chops of first lady Melania Trump.

Melania and Barron, who traveled to Washington from NY - where they are living until the 10-year-old finishes the school year - appeared with Trump, accompanied by a human-sized white Easter rabbit, on the Truman Balcony to address the invited guests.

The President typically says a few words, moderates the egg roll, and reads a book, all while flanked by an Easter Bunny, who may or may not be Sean Spicer.

The real stars of the show, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, made a brief appearance earlier in the day.

The Trumps had fun blowing the whistle for children to race each other, rolling eggs across the lawn with a wooden spoon.

About 40,000 eggs were ordered this year, 18,000 of which will be given away at the event, according to the White House Historical Association.

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"I've seen those kids, and they're highly, highly competitive", the president said.

However, people who were reading Matt McDermott's Twitter feed were under the impression that Trump didn't attend any church services, even though multiple outlets reported on his activity. Members of Congress pushed the event off the Hill in 1878, and it was moved to the president's "backyard", where it's taken place almost every year since. "Thank you everybody for coming".

White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and her family arrive for the Easter Egg Roll.

In the reading area, Mrs Trump read Party Animals, a story about celebrating differences written by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford.

"It's definitely a better look with just an Easter Bunny tie so it's an honor to have this position". Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN she chose to bring back the military bands and focused on family this year. "The focus this year is on the quality of the children's experience", said a White House spokeswoman.

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