The 135th anniversary event will still be held, despite sequester cuts...
The White House has unveiled the special wooden souvenir eggs that will be included in the gifts bags given to all child guests attending the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll. These are also available to the public for purchase. The purple, blue, yellow, and pink eggs feature this year's logo, a bunny skipping rope, and President Obama and Mrs. Obama's stamped signatures. A special teal egg featuring First Dog Bo's paw print is available only in a five-pack Collector’s Egg Set for sale from the National Park Foundation. (Above, the 2013 eggs)
The White House announced last week that the Easter Egg Roll will still be held on April 1st, despite all White House tours being cancelled due to sequester cuts. The day of activities is pegged to Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! campaign, with the theme "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You." More than 35,000 guests will play on the South Lawn.
The commemorative eggs are available for purchase here. Individual eggs are $7.99 each, or $29.99
for the Collector’s Egg Set of five with the "special edition egg" featuring Bo. Keepsake eggs from
previous years are also available. The wood eggs first became part of the Roll tradition in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of actors, actresses, famous politicians, and athletes, according to the White House. (Above, a graphic of the Collector's Pack)
Tickets for the Roll were available to the public in an online lottery, which is now closed. The Roll events are typically livestreamed at WhiteHouse.gov, but officials have not yet said whether this will be cancelled due to the sequester.
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*White House photo