Trumps Host Thousands of Families for Easter Egg-stravaganza

Time-honored White House event is 'all about the children' — first lady goes out of her way to thank the U.S. military

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted Easter festivities at the White House on Monday, April 17, in Washington, D.C.

The 139th annual Easter Egg Roll took place on the South Lawn. Both President Trump and Melania Trump appeared and spoke from the White House balcony in the morning.

“This is the first time that my husband and I [are] hosting this wonderful tradition,” Melania said. “And it’s great that you are all with us today.”

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Standing beside her husband and their 11-year-old son, Barron, she also said, “I want to thank the military in this great nation and the servicemen and service women all around the world who are keeping us safe.”

“We’re going to come out and join you and enjoy your company for a roll, a great Easter egg roll,” President Trump said. “And I don’t know if people are going to be successful, but I know a lot of people down there are going to be successful. I’ve seen those kids, and they’re highly, highly competitive.”

Related: From the White House to Greece: Easter Traditions Around the World

In addition to the egg roll, musical artists performed live. Among activities were storytelling and cookie decorating.

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Tickets for the event were available through an online lottery for families with children 13 years old and younger.

“The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless White House tradition, dating back to 1878 and the presidency of President Rutherford B. Hayes,” the office of the press secretary announced in March.

During the George W. Bush administration in 2008, current press secretary Sean Spicer dressed as the Easter Bunny during an annual White House egg roll. He joked about it on Twitter.

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“This is about the children — not about adults — it’s about bringing families here and letting children have a time-honored experience,” Spicer told Fox5 DC, noting he stuck to wearing an Easter tie this year.

Related: What You Didn’t Know About Easter Traditions

Watch LifeZette’s video about the history of White House egg rolls through the years:

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“We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before, and we are right on track,” Trump said Monday.

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