The Trumps hosted their first White House Easter Egg Roll — see the incredible photos

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President Donald Trump waves to guests after delivering remarks from the Truman Balcony with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017.
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The White House on Monday hosted the 139th annual Easter Egg Roll, which was expected to include some 18,000 (wooden) eggs and at least 21,000 guests on the South Lawn.

This year’s Easter Egg Roll will be smaller than those of past years (35,000 people attended the Obamas’ final event). President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their 11-year-old son, Barron, who lives in New York City with the first lady, hosted kids and costumed characters at the executive mansion.

The event – which has been described as the “Super Bowl of White House social events” – is an early test for Melania Trump, whose office is responsible for organizing the day.

There were signs that planning for it got off to a rocky start when, in February, the wooden-egg manufacturer, Wells Wood Turning, tweeted a reminder of the deadline for ordering the commemorative eggs.

“It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on,” Melinda Bates, who organized all eight White House Easter Egg Rolls under President Bill Clinton, told The New York Times the week before the event.

“I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck,” Bates said.

See how the Trump’s Egg Roll turned out:


“Looking forward to hosting the annual Easter Egg Roll at the @WhiteHouse on Monday!” Melania Trump said on Instagram on Friday.

Looking forward to hosting the annual Easter Egg Roll at the @WhiteHouse on Monday!

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The first lady addressed the crowd from the Truman balcony on Monday.

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President Trump spoke to the crowd alongside the White House Easter Bunny.

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Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, attended the event with her family.

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Here’s Conway conducting an interview with her daughter by her side.

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A young attendee donned bunny ears atop her “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign slogan cap.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer read “How To Catch The Easter Bunny” to kids.

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Spicer also posed with the White House Easter Bunny — a role he played in Bush’s Egg Roll of 2008. On Saturday, comedian Melissa McCarthy parodied his Easter Bunny stint during a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

A great day at @whitehouse for the 139th #EasterEggRoll #whitehouse

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Kids posed with one of the Easter Bunnies on the South Lawn.

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Costumed characters (eggs, perhaps?) prepare to welcome kids.

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Sesame Street’s Elmo awaits young visitors on the South Lawn. Trump’s proposed federal budget would eliminate funding for Elmo’s network, PBS.

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Melania Trump reads aloud to a group of kids gathered on the South Lawn.

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Trump does some crayon coloring with a group of kids.

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Trump shows off a note he wrote at the kids craft table.

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The president and first lady blow the whistle to start the egg roll, as Tiffany Trump looks on.

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On to the main event — egg rolling!

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Carter Lim, 3, of Vienna, Virginia rolls a colored egg down the South Lawn.
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Vittoria Colonna, 4, of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, rolled an egg down the lawn.

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Young participants in the Egg Roll let one loose on the lawn. The Reagan White House started using wooden eggs in 1981.

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Two young egg rollers look serious in their Easter bonnets.

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