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Band boosters planning Easter Egg hunt


By Andy Kanengiser


It’s never too early to start thinking of Easter Weekend 2021 activities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The COVID-19 pandemic cancelled many of these family-oriented events across the nation in 2020.


But 2021 is a new year. And there’s hope the Easter Bunny will return to the scene in Long Beach, along with Easter Egg hunts for area children. Candy, obviously a chocolate bunny and chocolate eggs, come to mind. Backyard egg hunts, coloring books, Easter basket fillers and much more are all possibilities.


In the Friendly City, the Long Beach High Band Boosters plan to host an Easter Egg hunt on the town green on Jeff Davis Avenue March 28. The downtown event runs from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. that Sunday morning. No doubt, it will be fun for all at the Harper McCaughan Town Green.


The Easter egg hunt will feature the Easter bunny, along with plenty of games and a delicious breakfast. Pancakes, bacon, coffee and orange juice will be served. A cake walk is included, too.


The annual event to benefit the Long Beach High Band was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 health emergency. The last one was held in 2019 and proved to be a success.


Organizers gathered for a planning meeting in early February to discuss the 2021 edition. Long Beach band supporters including director Mickey Mangum, band boosters president Summer Veillon, and organization leader Jeanne Whelan are teaming up with parents to make this a fabulous event.


All steps will be taken to ensure the activity stays as safe for participants. Masks must be worn, and social distancing will be followed. There should be hand sanitizer stations around, too.


“We are thankfully still able to practice daily in school,’’ band director Mickey Mangum said. “We have to wear masks unless we are actually playing and separate as best we can in the band hall,’’ he said. “We are hoping to attend a festival of some kind later in the spring, if we can.’’




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