The White House Easter Egg Roll: Everything you need to know

The longstanding White House tradition takes place today.

— -- It's an image not typically seen: the president and the Easter Bunny standing side by side.

Once every spring, however, the fluffy donor of chocolate and gifts joins the leader of the United States for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

This year's annual rite of spring is today. Here's everything you need to know about the longstanding White House tradition.

The history

The traditions

The 2017 Easter Egg Roll

An estimated 21,000 guests will attend the first Easter Egg Roll at the Trump White House. The event will be smaller than last year's, which had 35,000 attendees. Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, told the Washington Post, "This year being our first, we've chosen to focus on the historic aspects of the Easter Egg Roll."

The performers at this year's event are the Martin Family Circus and the boy band Bro4. In addition to the Easter Egg Roll and live music, there will be storytelling, costumed characters, a military band and other activities.

This year's lucky attendees scored tickets to the Easter Egg Roll through a public lottery.