Friday, April 14, 2006

White House Easter

2002 Easter Egg Hunt (from www.whitehouse.gov)

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will take place on April 17th this year. This was an event first hosted by President Rutherford B Hayes in 1878. The story of its origin is somewhat hazy, starting with Washington children who liked to roll Easter eggs. But their play on Congressional grounds harmed the turf and annoyed the members of Congress. So they were banned from this form of play in 1878. That year egg rollers either stormed the White House, demanding that President Hayes allow them to use his lawn or he willingly did so. In any case, the White House egg roll was born. Some more tidbits from White House egg roll history:
  • John Philip Sousa preformed at the Egg Roll in 1889.
  • In 1933, Eleanor Roosevelt greeted the egg rollers and was also broadcast over the radio so that participants and others could enjoy the show.
  • The egg rolling race was first held in 1974.
  • The roll has been cancelled at times, due to weather or war. The longest period of no egg roll was during World War II and then followed by a White House renovation, to be reintroduced in 1953 by President Eisenhower.

This event is not above being used as a political tool. Hundreds of homosexual parents will attend the White House egg roll this year to raise awareness of homosexual parenthood. This decision has been objected to by conservatives.

2 comments:

Michael said...

Great post! I was going to write an Easter themed entry today as well. Now I do not need to. :]

Jennie W said...

Just save yours for next year:) I was sitting down this morning and decided to do an Easter post...great minds must think alike!