Deep in the Christian celebration of Holy Week, local churches are practicing various somber traditions like Washing of the Feet, Seder Meals, Baptisms and Adoration. All of these events are to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday!

Gretna children were celebrating Easter early with Easter Egg Hunts last weekend. On Saturday, April 9 over 100 children and their families enjoyed a day of family, fun and fellowship at the Community Easter Egg Hunt at the J. B. Spencer Park. The special event was headed up by District 1 Councilman Rudy Smith in partnership with Boynton United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Aaron DeGruy.

According to Boynton church member Staphenae Carey, “The Ring Toss and the Sack Race seemed to be at the top of the fun list. But judging by the looks on the children’s faces, Musical Chairs was the best!”

“Hot dogs, nachos, and snowballs were a hit. Children went home with a new backpack to store their book selected that day, a personal hand sanitizer, masks, their completed arts and crafts projects, a photo with the Easter Bunny, their face painted, and, of course, candy and prizes.

“The smiles on the children’s faces told a story of a beautiful Spring Day of fun and frolic – being free to run, jump, and yes, dance in the park!” Carey said.

Other sponsors included Westbank Florist, New Orleans Chapter Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Common Ground Health Clinic, Kids Therapy Mascots and the Gamma Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Mayor Belinda Constant joined to express her gratitude that this event had been revived by Councilman Smith who said, “The egg hunt was a success. A shout out to the Mayor, Boynton Church and their volunteers, the Gretna Police, Gretna’s Recreation Department and all of our other sponsors. I’m looking forward to next year’s Easter Egg Hunt!”

Apparently the Boynton congregation agrees with Councilman Smith. Boynton member Janet Jackson said, “We are looking forward to partnering again for the Easter Egg Hunt next year on April 1, 2023 at McDonoghville Park in Gretna.

Gretna’s children had another opportunity to celebrate Easter with the Easter Egg Hunt at Bellevue Park on Sunday, April 10. About 250 children attended where they searched for eggs, had an Egg Toss and an Egg Race for prizes. Smoothie King were out with 250 Smoothies, yum! The City of Gretna officials were there to enjoy the children and the afternoon.

Another Easter Egg year down with sweetness galore. Happy Easter to all of our faithful blog and Facebook followers from Helen and Cadie!