The Egg Roll itself is a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled club. Surrounding events include appearances by White House personalities in Easter Bunny costumes, speeches and book-reading by Cabinet secretaries, and exhibits of artistically-decorated eggs. Dolley Madison , the wife of President James Madison , began the event in and hundreds of children brought their decorated eggs to join in games. The allocation of tickets to same-sex couples by the Obama Administration is a historical first, making the first year gay and lesbian families have participated in the event officially. In during the Bush administration, more than gay parents attended the egg roll in part to make the statement that they should be welcome. Since , the Family Equality Council has encouraged gay and lesbian families to wait in line for tickets to the event.
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Families say the gesture shows that the new Democratic administration values them as equal to other families. And for many, being included in the annual tradition -- dating to -- renews hope that they will have more support in their quest for equal rights in matters such as marriage and adoption than under the previous administration. On Tuesday, gays and lesbians gained another victory when Vermont joined Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gay couples the right to marry. In the District of Columbia, the council voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from the Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate. Chrisler said Tuesday she expects more than gay and lesbian-headed families to take part in the egg roll.
White House Egg Roll, canceled only 18 times, a treat for children and adults
The White House Historical Association is hosting some fun online Easter Egg Roll activities including a virtual scavenger hunt, a digital jigsaw puzzle, downloadable coloring pages, bingo, and a way to design your own commemorative egg. Each year, souvenir wooden eggs are usually distributed to children attending the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. These commemorative eggs are also made available for purchase online. The design includes a bunny rabbit wearing a mask. A special gold egg with President Biden's dogs Champ and Major is also available for purchase.
The covid pandemic has forced another White House crackdown — this time canceling the traditional Easter Egg Roll, hosted by the first lady. In other news, five White House staffers have been fired for past drug use, and Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Florida today to promote the covid stimulus plan. The White House Historical Association announced the event will instead take place virtually. The holiday celebration is organized by the first lady and typically draws crowds of 30, people.