30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 1, 2013 12:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign. "We want you guys to have a good time and keep moving and be healthy," she said. "And kids, eat your vegetables, OK?"

Some celebrities were also on hand, including Quvenzhane Wallis, Adrian Peterson, and a number of Sesame Street muppets. More than 30,000 people from 50 states are expected, chosen by random lottery. The White House has 19,000 eggs prepared, 14,500 of which were pre-painted, with the rest available for kids to paint. And somebody had to pay for those eggs: The Washington Post reports that with the budget tightening, the White House turned to corporate sponsors and the sale of commemorative eggs featuring Obama's signature to finance the event.

Children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013.
Children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama waves as he enters the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013,  after attending the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.
President Barack Obama waves as he enters the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013, after attending the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Barack Obama, standing next to the Easter Bunny, points to five-year-old Donovan Frazier as he participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.
Barack Obama, standing next to the Easter Bunny, points to five-year-old Donovan Frazier as he participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch as children participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch as children participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama comforts five-year-old Donovan Frazier of Scranton, Pa., after he participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.
President Barack Obama comforts five-year-old Donovan Frazier of Scranton, Pa., after he participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama hold a child after participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.
President Barack Obama hold a child after participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, reads Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs to children as part of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, on the South Lawn of the White House
Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, reads "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" to children as part of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, on the South Lawn of the White House   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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