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North County family planning Easter Bunny 'parade'

Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 09, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a North County family has come up with their own plan to save Easter.

"I was sitting at home, and like many mothers, trying to figure out how to celebrate Easter," said Jessica Pride.

Pride says one of her family's biggest Easter traditions has always been visiting the Easter Bunny.

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"I think the Easter Bunny is ready to help us celebrate this Easter ... We're all home and experiencing different levels of loss, but I think this is an amazing opportunity to ban together," said Pride, a mother of two.

For Pride's family, that opportunity will start with decorating a large golf cart, before they all hop in and - along with the Easter Bunny - drive through their neighborhood in a slow moving, one-vehicle "parade" on Saturday.

"I am encouraging people to wave. We will have some Easter music playing if you want to dance ... Please stay in your home or driveways. Please don't try and touch the Easter Bunny. We don't want to get him sick," said Pride.

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Pride posted her idea on the Nextdoor app and got an overwhelming response from neighbors and communities across North County.

"We have 57 requests to pass by people's homes. A lady who has a 5-year-old little boy who is recovering from cancer has asked us to drive by her home," said Pride.

Pride says her Easter event will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and will start and finish at Solana Beach fire station:

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"Easter is a celebratory occasion. We wanted to make sure people are able to celebrate the amazing parts of life. Part of that is bringing our children joy and there's no better way to bring our kids joy than to see the Easter Bunny passing by your house," said Pride.

If weather permits, Pride says she may conduct her parade Friday as well.