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March 23, 2008

Albany -- Hundreds of children celebrated this Easter holiday by keeping their eyes on the prize. "They take of, racing, trying to find eggs and money. That is the most fun of all," said Albany Municipal Judge, Willie Weaver.

But this Easter event kicked off with a parade. "It's the only parade that runs through East Albany," said Weaver. 

The annual parade and egg hunt is one of the few times during the year those who live in East Albany can all get together. "We hope the community finds a sense of togetherness and offer something for the children of East Albany to do. We want the families to get out and mingle and see each other," said Weaver.

"It's just a family event. A nice atmosphere for everyone around. It's great for parents to be off and enjoy their day with their children and spend time with them," said Kim Willis.

"Its good to see all of the people that we live next door to that we don't often get to socialize and the fellowship with," said John Litman.

John Litman co-sponsors the event with the Eastside Community because he sees the importance in it. "You don't have many activities of this nature on the Eastside. And of course our business is located on the eastside," said Litman. "So this is just another attempt to have more activities for the children to do."

"They get an Easter bunny out here for the kids and get them hotdogs. And its very nice," said Thelma Cutts.

"It's a something positive from this side of town where all the families can get together in a safe environment," said Willis.

And every year during Easter residents get a reminder of what being a part of a community is all about. Eastside Community and J. L. Litman Memorial Funeral Service also put on an annual event during the Fourth of July holiday.

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