It was carnival time on the White House lawn Monday as thousands of children took part in the annual Easter Egg Roll.
The children rolled seven-thousand hard-boiled eggs - painted by the White House chef - across the grass. They were cheered on in the race by U-S President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary.
The event - based on an ancient Egyptian tradition - has been held in the grounds of the White house for almost two hundred years.
The South Lawn of the White House was the stage for the annual Easter carnival.
Thousands of excited children and their parents were gathered for the Easter Egg Roll across the grass.
They were joined by life-size Easter bunnies and a host of other well-known cartoon characters.
The President and Mrs Clinton kicked off the event.
It's a great honour for us to be a part of this. It's one of the things that we're really thankful for the opportunity to live in the White House to do because it gives American children the chance to come here and be a part of this - I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day.
SUPER CAPTION: Bill Clinton, U-S President.
Seven-thousand hard-boiled eggs - dyed by the White House chef were used in the race.
The event began 187 years ago during James Madison's presidency at the suggestion of Mrs. Madison, who had learned that Egyptian children rolled colored eggs on the site of the Pyramids.
The idea caught on and has now become a fixed tradition on Easter Monday at the White House.