White House has new ticket plan for Easter event

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The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held April 5 with the theme of “Ready, Set, Go!” promoting health and wellness, according to the Obama administration.

The children’s event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and the Easter-egg rolling.

All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity, according to the White House.

The event is held on the Monday after Easter on the White House’s south lawn for children 12 and younger and their families.

Tickets will be distributed through an on-line lottery, allowing guests from across the country to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. The lottery will open Feb. 25-28.

The application process went online for the first time last year. However, the first-come, first-served format resulted in an overwhelming response that kept some people from logging in or knocked them offline. Still, residents from 44 states received tickets, according to the White House.

In previous years, most of those receiving tickets were area residents who waited hours for tickets outside White House offices.

Full ticketing details can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll.

For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll or call the visitors office’s 24-hour information line at 202/456-7041.

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