In a press release today, the White House announced a massive line-up for its annual Easter Egg Roll. The event, which appears to still be on, faced threats to cut it due to the sequester.
Meanwhile, White House tours remain closed.
"I guess the White House has officially given up on trying to needle Congress on sequester by cutting White House events for constituents," says a top Senate aide.
Here's the press release:
White House Announces Special Guest, Costume Characters at Easter Egg Roll with Daily Talent Updates to Follow
Beginning today and continuing throughout the week, the White House will be announcing this year’s Easter Egg Roll talent. Each day this week, look for new talent updates on the Let's Move!twitter account, @LetsMove, and on the Let's Move! Facebook page:www.facebook.com/letsmove. In case you missed it: here’s a video of someone special on an Easter Egg hunt!
The Easter Egg Roll takes place Monday, April 1st, on the South Lawn of the White House, and is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.
This year’s special guest is Robby Novak, better known as “Kid President.” Watch Kid President announce the Easter Egg Roll ticket lottery.
The costume characters from children’s shows and movies that will take part in the Easter Egg Roll include:
AbraKidabra -- Bugs Bunny -- Daffy Duck -- Finn from Adventure Time -- Jake from Adventure Time -- Abby Cadabby -– Scooby Doo -- Arthur -- Buddy from Dinosaur Train -- Cat in the Hat -- Clifford the Big Red Dog -- Curious George -- Daniel Tiger -- Martha from Martha Speaks – Maya – Miguel -- Princess Presto –- Sid the Science Kid -- Super WHY! -- WordGirl -- Smurf – Smurffette -- Papa Smurf -- Vexy from "The Naughties" Smurfs 2 movie -- Hackus from "The Naughties" Smurfs 2 movie --
Charlie Brown -- Snoopy -- The Racing Presidents–George -- The Racing Presidents-Tom -- The Racing Presidents-Abe -- The Racing Presidents-Teddy—The Racing Presidents-Taft -- Smokey Bear -- Woodsy Owl -- Sponge Bob -- Dora the Explorer -- Geo from Team Umi Zoomi --
Milli from Team UmiZoomi -- Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates -- Sofia The First -- Domino the Great -- Captain Barnacles Bear from The Octonauts -- Lt. Kwazii Kitten from The Octonauts -- Papa Bunny -- Mama Bunny -- Junior Bunny --
Babar -- Badou -- Witzy the Duck -- Twig from the Wompkees -- Olive The Osterich -- Miffy the Bunny -- Power Panther -- Mr. Potato Head -- Mrs. Potato Head -- Wow Wow Wubzy -- Captain Planet -- Mike the Knight -- Barney -- Talking Tom -- Talking Ben -- Pac-Man -- Little Olivia -- Clicky -- Maisy -- Nutbrown Hare -- Fairy Twinkletoes -- Minion Tim from Despicable Me 2 -- Minion Jerry from Despicable Me 2 -- Belt from The Croods -- Doki the Dog –- Washington Kastles -– Power Rangers
This will be the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with more than 30,000 people visiting the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.
Souvenir White House Easter eggs first became an annual keepsake in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people. The tradition continues this year with four colorful eggs and the official First Dog “Bo” egg. These collector’s eggs are available to view or purchase at http://easter.nationalparks.org/.