WASHINGTON -- The White House says that though tours of the White House have been halted because of cuts in government spending, the popular Easter Egg roll on the grounds of the presidential mansion is still expected to proceed as planned on April 1.

Free tickets have been distributed and more than 35,000 people were expected to join President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their family on the South Lawn for hours of sports and games, story-telling, cooking demonstrations and the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs.

An earlier e-mail notified ticket recipients that this year's event could be cancelled because of budget battles with Congress.

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday said the e-mail went out before it appeared that Congress would avoid a government shutdown next week.

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  • 1944 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 1966 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Children cheerfully play on the South Lawn during the celebration.

  • 1982 White House Easter Egg Roll

    A child hugs the Easter Bunny during the festivities. The first official White House Easter Bunny started in 1969, when one of First Lady Pat Nixon's staffers decided to don the costume. It has become an important part of the event ever since.

  • 2002 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Children use spoons to roll Easter eggs down the South Lawn to the finish line.

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    A statue of Bo, the Obama family dog, is seen during the annual Easter egg roll April 25, 2011 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

  • 2006 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Thousands of eggs are dyed by White House chefs each year and used for the races and egg hunts.

  • 1923 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Warren Sonnemann grins as he holds up the prize basket he received for winning the Easter Egg Roll. April 2, 1923.

  • 1925 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 1889 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 1927 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Mrs. Coolidge exhibits her pet raccoon [Rebecca] to crowds of children gathered for Easter egg rolling.

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle read a book to children as Bo, the family dog, looks on during the annual Easter egg roll April 25, 2011 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

  • 1923 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    US President Barack Obama tries to hit the ball between his legs as he plays with tennis legend Chris Evert while participating in the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington, DC, April 25, 2011, which saw nearly 30,000 visitors from around the nation.

  • 1923 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Children participate in the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington, DC, April 25, 2011, which saw nearly 30,000 visitors from around the nation.

  • 1898 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    First lady Michelle Obama watches a cooking demonstration by chef Jacques Pepin with Al Roker and Kelly Ripa at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Juliana Bird (L), 6, and Rachel Mitchem, 7, of Springfield, Virginia, participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.

  • 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Canadian pop star Justin Bieber performs during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 5, 2010 in Washington, DC.

  • 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia (L) walk to the South Lawn for the annual Easter egg roll April 25, 2011 at the White House in Washington, DC.

  • 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll

    The Easter Bunny looks out from the Truman Balcony during the Annual Easter Egg Roll on April 5, 2010 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

  • 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll

    One-year-old Macie Zehring from Rayford, North Carolina, carries an easter egg during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by US President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 5, 2010.

  • 1936 White House Easter Egg Roll