Parades involving police and fire personnel are typically reserved for very important people and in Homer on Saturday afternoon, that important person — or animal in this case — was the Easter Bunny.
The bunny, escorted by Homer Fire Department trucks and Homer Police Department cruisers, toured the village, dropping off bags that contained eggs filled with candy.
The event replaced the normal Easter egg hunt that happens on the village green, said Zack Pollak, the village recreation director, who helped organize the event Saturday.
In years past, hundreds of kids took part in the egg hunt, which most times would turn into a mad dash as children sought the eggs, he said.
Due to COVID restrictions, the event had to be canceled both in 2020 and this year.
A total of 47 households signed up for this year’s delivery, Pollak said.
“We’re very excited there was another event hosted in the village that makes living in the village kind of an awesome thing,” said Eric Barden.
Barden and his two daughters — Marcella, 2, and Fabrizia, 10 — were the first recipients of the bunny’s largess.
Barden said his two daughters have done the hunt on the green in the past and was sad the hunt couldn’t happen this year. But they understood it was a part “of times we live in today.”
“Hopefully next year we’ll be able to enjoy that,” he said.
His daughters didn’t seem to mind the change. It still came with candy..
“I really like it,” said Fabrizia Barden.
Marcella Barden was too excited and occupied with her eggs to share her thoughts on the delivery, but liked the eggs that contained the Tootsie Rolls and Smarties.
“It’s so pretty!” she said holding up a plastic egg container.
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Gina Puzo, left, helps her daughter Marcella Barden, right, open an egg containing candy while Fabrizia Barden, center, grabs an egg Saturday in front of Puzo’s house in Homer.
Valerie Wilcox, along with her husband Chris and son Lucas, 3, also appreciated the event as the bunny came to their house on Cayuga Street.
“I’m glad they do this because he loves looking for the eggs,” she said referring to Lucas.
Valerie Wilcox said she saw a post about it on Facebook and signed up.
She, too, was sad the egg hunt on the green was canceled this year but was happy the town was holding something in its place.
“Everybody does the best they can and tries to keep everything going,” Chris Wilcox said.
Some of the kids though were just happy they were getting candy.
When asked what her favorite candy was, Trinity Mullens, 6, had a simple answer.
“I love everything!” she said.