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White House says annual Easter Egg Roll won't be cancelled

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 20, 2013 in Politics
Washington - As reports surfaced the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll was at risk of cancellation, the White House is saying the April 1 event won't be called off.
The White House has said they do not anticipate the government's budget issues will impact this year's Easter Egg Roll at the White House, according to USA Today.
This week reports surfaced that the White House had sent out emails to thousands of egg roll ticket recipients warning that the traditional event might be cancelled this year due to U.S. budget issues and sequestration.
CNN reported that a memo had gone out from the White House to lawmakers, who receive tickets to the annual event, which said, "by using these tickets, guests are acknowledging that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies."
However, for now the event is on, as it appears a deal in Congress is in the making to keep the government operational.
"Because we distributed tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance of the actual event, we alerted all ticketholders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown," said White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday. "We have every expectation that the Easter Egg Roll will proceed as planned."
Currently, White House tours are on the list of cutbacks, as Digital Journal had reported. The White House indicated this was why the annual Easter event was questioned.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their daughters  Sasha and Malia  and Mich...
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, at the White House
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"This has become an issue, because the White House tours were cancelled," Spokesman Carney said, reported WJLA.
The Easter Egg Roll tradition at the White House on Easter Monday dates back to 1878. Over the years the egg roll has grown to become an annual Washington tradition which includes games and other fun activities for the kids.
About 35,000 people are expected to arrive at the White House for the event on Easter Monday. It is a popular ticketed event in the District and people come from all over to attend. If it were to be cancelled, many are certain to be disappointed.
This year will be its 135th anniversary and is scheduled for April 1.
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