The Monday after Easter is WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL time! This year’s theme is “Get Up and Go!” focusing on promoting health and wellness and encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives which is a central part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets making this the largest public event the White House hosts each year.
The list of talent has been released…
[pullquote quote=”I cannot even communicate how honored and excited I am to be the Official Emcee of the White House Easter Egg Roll!!! This is going to such an incredible experience.” credit=”-Tommy McFLY”]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Greyson Chance[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willow Smith[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mindless Behavior[/lastfm] [who opened for Janet Jackson], John Lithgow, and many many more. Reading on the Storytime Stage will be Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and family; Elmo, Maria and Gordon of Sesame Street; Kristi Yamaguchi; and Geena Davis.
“The official Emcee of the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly. He will introduce acts on the music stage and get everyone excited about the different Egg Roll activities to make for another wonderful Easter Egg Roll. ” – White House Press Office
Over 200,000 tickets were requested via the online lottery. The entire day will stream live at www.whitehouse.gov/live
FUN WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL FACTS
[Tickets] At least one family from all 50 states was successful in the public lottery. About 3,000 tickets were distributed to public schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia and over 4,000 tickets were distributed to military families.
[Wooden Eggs] The souvenir wooden eggs are available in four pastel colors – purple, green, yellow, and pink. They include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. Eggs will be given to children 12 and younger at the event. A total of 83,000 souvenir wooden eggs were produced for this year’s event. The National Park Foundation produces and sells the rest of the souvenir wooden eggs. You can purchase them at easter.nationalparks.org.
[Eggs] 14,500 hard-boiled and dyed eggs will be used between the egg roll and the egg hunt. 4,500 boiled white eggs will be decorated at the Egg Dying station throughout the course of the day. “Chirping eggs” will be available for visually impaired children participating in the Egg Roll and Egg Hunt.
[Get Up and Go!] Activities are centered on the theme of the event, “Get Up and Go!” The theme is based on the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to encourage healthy and active living.
[History Lesson] The Easter Egg Roll is a White House tradition dating back to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes, but there are records of informal egg rolling events as early as Abraham Lincoln‘s administration. After the Civil War, egg rolling often took place on the Capitol building’s grounds. 1876, Congressmen grew tired of the torn up grounds and rowdy crowds and passed a law prohibiting the use of the Capitol Grounds as a play area. On Easter day in 1878, when the ban on egg rolling at the Capitol went into effect, some claim that President Hayes saw tearful children while riding by the Capitol Grounds in his carriage and invited them to play on the White House lawn.
[More Fun Facts] President Ronald Reagan was the first President to hide autographed eggs for children to find in the Egg Hunt. President Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon were the first to include the White House Easter Bunny in the festivities. President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush were the first to affix the signature of the President and First Lady to the commemorative egg. First Lady Grace Coolidge was known for her love of pets, but none were more famous than her pet raccoon, Rebecca, who made an appearance at the White House Easter Egg Roll in the 1920’s.
[Keeping Us Posted] The White House held a poster competition and invited local Elementary and Middle school children in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to submit entries for the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll Official Poster. 464 posters were submitted from 135 schools. The First Lady selected the winning designs. There were two winners again this year.
[EcoFriendly] All goody bags are recyclable and are made from recycled materials. The packaging of the eggs, made from recyclable paperboard. The wooden souvenir eggs are made in the US from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – certified US hardwood.