Trump, Melania announce annual Easter Egg Roll
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The White House Easter Egg Roll will roll on under the Trump administration.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced Wednesday that the annual springtime event on the South Lawn will take place on April 17, the day after Easter.

Free tickets will be distributed to families with children age 13 and younger via a lottery system, the White House said.

There was some question as to whether the 139th annual Easter Egg Roll would indeed take place in a Trump White House. One Washington Post columnist wrote last month before any official word about the festivity's fate, "Don’t be the Easter Grinch, Mr. President. Let the children roll."


"The President and First Lady are honored to continue the traditions of the past," said a Wednesday statement, "while weaving new traditions into the fabric of our Nation's history."

The White House said more information on the timing of the ticket lottery would be released later this month.

The Easter Egg Roll was a favorite event of the Obama White House. The 2016 festivities, themed "Let's Celebrate!" in honor of President Obama's last year in office, featured surprise guest appearances from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, among others.