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Celebrating Easter, Passover on Long Island

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, smiles in the back

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, smiles in the back of her son Chris' 1975 Buick during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Members of the Christian and Jewish faiths are celebrating Easter and Passover, respectively, on Long Island.

Denise Wright ( at right with arms outstretched)
Photo Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan

Denise Wright ( at right with arms outstretched) of Elmont during Easter religious services of the Perfecting Faith Church iwhich were held at Hofstra's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. (March 31, 2013).

Children scramble for Easter Eggs at Milburn Lake
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Children scramble for Easter Eggs at Milburn Lake Park in Baldwin for Long Island's largest Easter egg hunt and family celebration. (March 31, 2013)

Nia Maco, 6, of Baldwin, gets her face
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nia Maco, 6, of Baldwin, gets her face painted at Milburn Lake Park in Baldwin for Long Island's largest Easter egg hunt and family celebration. (March 31, 2013)

Children scramble for Easter Eggs at Milburn Lake
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Children scramble for Easter Eggs at Milburn Lake Park in Baldwin for Long Island's largest Easter egg hunt and family celebration. (March 31, 2013)

Natalie Bizzoco, 4, of Oceanside, feeds a sheep
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Natalie Bizzoco, 4, of Oceanside, feeds a sheep at Milburn Lake Park in Baldwin for Long Island's largest Easter egg hunt and family celebration. (March 31, 2013)

Children scramble for Easter Eggs at Milburn Lake
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Children scramble for Easter Eggs at Milburn Lake Park in Baldwin for Long Island's largest Easter egg hunt and family celebration. (March 31, 2013)

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, puts on makeup in
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, puts on makeup in the back of her son Chris' 1975 Buick during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, smiles in the back
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, smiles in the back of her son Chris' 1975 Buick during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Vintage cars proceed down Franklin Avenue during the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Vintage cars proceed down Franklin Avenue during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Vintage cars move down Franklin Avenue during the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Vintage cars move down Franklin Avenue during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Vintage cars are the focus on Franklin Avenue
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Vintage cars are the focus on Franklin Avenue during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, poses for a portrait
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Julia Noulis, of Ridge, poses for a portrait with her son Chris' 1975 Buick during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Spectators look at vintage cars during the 58th
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Spectators look at vintage cars during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

An Easter bunny sits on the back of
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

An Easter bunny sits on the back of a Corvette during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Spectators look at vintage cars during the 58th
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Spectators look at vintage cars during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Maddi Edvabsky of Levittown, 6, honks the horn
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Maddi Edvabsky of Levittown, 6, honks the horn of her family's 1925 Ford Model T sedan with her mom, Lori, and sister Shelbi, 8, rear, during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

A 1963 Plymouth was on view as the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

A 1963 Plymouth was on view as the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade was presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Spectators look on during the 58th Annual Easter
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Spectators look on during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Michael Lupo, 19 months, of Wantagh, looks at
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Michael Lupo, 19 months, of Wantagh, looks at a 1946 Ford Suburban from his Little Tikes car during the 58th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade, presented by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce on Sunday. (March 31, 2013)

Jeanette Ravenell worships at the Union Baptist Church
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Jeanette Ravenell worships at the Union Baptist Church for Easter Sunday Services in Hempstead. (March 31, 2013)

Sabrina Bryant, 7, worships at the Union Baptist
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Sabrina Bryant, 7, worships at the Union Baptist Church for Easter Sunday Services in Hempstead. (March 31, 2013)

The Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley leads the call
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley leads the call to worship at the Union Baptist Church for Easter Sunday Services in Hempstead. (March 31, 2013)

Curtis Watts worships at the Union Baptist Church
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Curtis Watts worships at the Union Baptist Church for Easter Sunday Services in Hempstead. (March 31, 2013)

Brittany Mayo worships at the Union Baptist Church
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Brittany Mayo worships at the Union Baptist Church for Easter Sunday Services in Hempstead. (March 31, 2013)

Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley leads the call to
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley leads the call to worship at the Union Baptist Church for Easter Sunday Services in Hempstead. (March 31, 2013)

Barbara Ransome, of Port Jefferson hands out candy
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Barbara Ransome, of Port Jefferson hands out candy to children at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Hope Hahn, 6, of Setauket points to her
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Hope Hahn, 6, of Setauket points to her Easter bonnet at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Children race to collect eggs at the 15th
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Children race to collect eggs at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Sisters Breena Harrington, 5, of East Setauket and
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Sisters Breena Harrington, 5, of East Setauket and Alayna Harrigan, 9, of East Setauket at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Stephanie Filney, 5, of East Islip attends the
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Stephanie Filney, 5, of East Islip attends the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Ian Falese, 5, of Shirley carries his collected
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Ian Falese, 5, of Shirley carries his collected Easter eggs at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Barbara Ransome, of Port Jefferson, dressed as the
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Barbara Ransome, of Port Jefferson, dressed as the Easter Bunny, led the parade at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Desmond Chierico, 5, of Medford, left, and Zoe
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Desmond Chierico, 5, of Medford, left, and Zoe Mills, 3, of Farmingdale pose with Barbara Ransome, of Port Jefferson, dressed as the Easter Bunny, at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Ethan Kaufman, 6, of Mount Sinai at the
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Ethan Kaufman, 6, of Mount Sinai at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

Ryan Thorpe, 12, of Port Jefferson and Melissa
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Ryan Thorpe, 12, of Port Jefferson and Melissa Petseo, of Port Jefferson, show off their rabbit Spanky at the 15th annual Port Jefferson Easter Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

A rabbit named Spanky attended the 15th annual
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

A rabbit named Spanky attended the 15th annual Port Jefferson Parade and Egg Hunt. (March 31, 2013)

People gather for an Easter Sunrise Service at
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

People gather for an Easter Sunrise Service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013)

Kelly Harrington, 4, gets a lift from her
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Kelly Harrington, 4, gets a lift from her father Michael Harrington, of Seaford, after an Easter Sunrise Service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013)

People gather for an Easter Sunrise Service at
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

People gather for an Easter Sunrise Service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013)

Worshipers gather for Easter sunrise service at Jones
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Worshipers gather for Easter sunrise service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013)

Kelly Harrington, 4, gets a lift from her
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Kelly Harrington, 4, gets a lift from her father Michael Harrington, of Seaford, after an Easter Sunrise Service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013

Worshipers gather for Easter sunrise service at Jones
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Worshipers gather for Easter sunrise service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013)

People gather for an Easter sunrise service at
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

People gather for an Easter sunrise service at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (March 31, 2013)

Dressed as a duck, Sebastian Quinones, 5, of
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Dressed as a duck, Sebastian Quinones, 5, of Babylon, witnessed Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk Easter Bonnet Parade for the first time. Sebastian mostly enjoyed the petting zoo afterward. (March 30, 2013)

Kate Deming, 7, of Sag Harbor, left, and
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Kate Deming, 7, of Sag Harbor, left, and Alex Makoid, 9, of Sag Harbor, march in Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk Easter Bonnet Parade. (March 30, 2013)

Kiera Martin, 3, of Sag Harbor, left, and
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Kiera Martin, 3, of Sag Harbor, left, and her sister Fiona, 5, march in Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk Easter Bonnet Parade. They spent the night before decorating their bonnets. (March 30, 2013)

Kids collect Easter eggs during the Village of
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Kids collect Easter eggs during the Village of Hempstead's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kennedy Memorial Park Friday. (March 29, 2013)

Sanctuary volunteers Valerie Harrison, left, of Roslyn and
Photo Credit: Mary Kate Mahoney

Sanctuary volunteers Valerie Harrison, left, of Roslyn and Barbara Mallon of Port Washington helped children assemble Easter baskets to collect eggs hidden throughout the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center in Oyster Bay Saturday. (March 30, 2013)

Toddlers and their families gather for the first
Photo Credit: Mary Kate Mahoney

Toddlers and their families gather for the first of three Easter Saturday presentations on wild birds at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center in Oyster Bay. (March 30, 2013)

Naturalist teacher Derek Gerardi of Setauket introduced Canuck,
Photo Credit: Mary Kate Mahoney

Naturalist teacher Derek Gerardi of Setauket introduced Canuck, a red-tailed Hawk, to a group of 40 children after the egg hunt at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center in Oyster Bay. (March 30, 2013)

Wearing under-the-sea themed bonnets, Nikki Knauer, 16, left,
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Wearing under-the-sea themed bonnets, Nikki Knauer, 16, left, of Sag Harbor, and Olivia LaManna, 14, of Sag Harbor, march in Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk Easter Bonnet Parade for their second year. (March 30, 2013)

Wearing a bonnet she decorated herself, Adriana Reilly,
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Wearing a bonnet she decorated herself, Adriana Reilly, 5, of Sag Harbor, marches in Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk Easter Bonnet Parade. (March 30, 2013)

Wearing Easter baskets on their bonnets, Eva McKelvey,
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Wearing Easter baskets on their bonnets, Eva McKelvey, 6, of Sag Harbor, left, and her sister Rachel, 10, march in Sag Harbor's 18th annual sidewalk Easter Bonnet Parade. (March 30, 2013)

Dominick Mazza of the LI Harley Riders, dressed
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Dominick Mazza of the LI Harley Riders, dressed as the Easter Bunny, rides to Winthrop Hospital to visit children as part of the annual Easter Basket Ride for Hospitalized Children in Mineola. (March 30, 2013)

Dominick Mazza of the LI Harley Riders, dressed
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Dominick Mazza of the LI Harley Riders, dressed as the Easter Bunny, pays a visit to Kaitlin Dillon as part of the annual Easter Basket Ride for Hospitalized Children in Mineola. (March 30, 2013)

Dominick Mazza of the LI Harley Riders, dressed
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Dominick Mazza of the LI Harley Riders, dressed as the Easter Bunny, pays a visit to Luke Lang as part of the annual Easter Basket Ride for Hospitalized Children in Mineola. (March 30, 2013)

Sarah Beggins, 9, of Smithtown totes around Spanky
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Sarah Beggins, 9, of Smithtown totes around Spanky the bunny at an Easter egg hunt in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

Macy the goat shows off an Easter bonnet
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Macy the goat shows off an Easter bonnet at an Easter egg hunt in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

Macy the goat shows off an Easter bonnet
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Macy the goat shows off an Easter bonnet at an Easter egg hunt in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

Sarah Beggins, 9, of Smithtown totes around Spanky
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Sarah Beggins, 9, of Smithtown totes around Spanky the bunny at an Easter egg hunt in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

From left, Gianna Raftery, 8, and Elizabeth Behnke,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

From left, Gianna Raftery, 8, and Elizabeth Behnke, 8, of Stony Brook and Morgan Hurney, 8, or Port Jefferson compare eggs at an Easter egg hunt in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

Kids run to collect Easter eggs during the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Kids run to collect Easter eggs during the Village of Hempstead's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kennedy Memorial Park Friday. (March 29, 2013)

One of the things that keep the Decaro

One of the things that keep the Decaro family together is the annual Easter egg hunt at "Uncle Bob's" in Dix Hills. The hunt has grown over the years, now featuring more than 1,500 plastic eggs full of candy and money. Videojournalist: Chris Ware (April 8, 2012)

More than 1,000 children and adults participated in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

More than 1,000 children and adults participated in an Easter egg hunt in Centereach on Friday. Included in the event were live animals, a D.J., the Easter Bunny, Stony Brook U's mascot, Wolfie, and the Setauket and Stony Brook fire departments. The event was sponsored by the local Girl Scouts and Stony Brook Children's Hospital. (March 29, 2013)

Gianna Inserra, 17 months, of Stony Brook, gets
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Gianna Inserra, 17 months, of Stony Brook, gets a birds eye view by sitting on the shoulders of her dad, Carmine, after collecting Easter eggs in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

Christopher Kehoe, 4, of Port Jefferson Station runs
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Christopher Kehoe, 4, of Port Jefferson Station runs with excitement after collecting Easter eggs during a hunt in Centereach. (March 29, 2013)

Gabrielle Settles of Hempstead, 1, gets an up-close
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Gabrielle Settles of Hempstead, 1, gets an up-close look at the Easter Bunny during the Village of Hempstead's annual Easter egg Hunt at Kennedy Memorial Park Friday. (March 29, 2013)

Carol Feig, center, with husband Bill, left, celebrate
Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Carol Feig, center, with husband Bill, left, celebrate Passover at a seder at Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach. (March 26, 2013)

Carol Feig raises her glass of wine in
Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Carol Feig raises her glass of wine in celebration of Passover at a seder at Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach Tuesday evening. Feig and her husband are still displaced from their Long Beach home, nearly 5 months since Sandy hit Long Island and were unable to use their kitchen to prepare a traditional seder at home. (March 26, 2013)

First grader Dejanae Whyte, 6, grabs Easter Eggs
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

First grader Dejanae Whyte, 6, grabs Easter Eggs during the Easter Egg hunt at Walnut Street School in Uniondale. This event is co-sponsored by the Victoria Soto Scholarship Fund. Victoria Soto was a young Connecticut schoolteacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who died protecting her students during the tragic school shooting. (March 22, 2013)

First grader Jose White, 6, grabs Easter eggs
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

First grader Jose White, 6, grabs Easter eggs during the Easter egg hunt at Walnut Street School in Uniondale. This event is co-sponsored by the Victoria Soto Scholarship Fund. Victoria Soto was a young Connecticut schoolteacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who died protecting her students during the tragic school shooting. (March 22, 2013)

First grader Ameer Johnson, 6, grabs Easter eggs
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

First grader Ameer Johnson, 6, grabs Easter eggs during the Easter egg hunt at Walnut Street School in Uniondale. This event is co-sponsored by the Victoria Soto Scholarship Fund. Victoria Soto was a young Connecticut schoolteacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who died protecting her students during the tragic school shooting. (March 22, 2013)

Estephany Lopez, 26, of Port Jefferson, helps the
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Estephany Lopez, 26, of Port Jefferson, helps the Easter bunny get ready for the Easter holiday by making baskets full of candy at the Port Jefferson Frigate on Main Street in Port Jefferson. (Mar. 25, 2013)

Grace DiDominica, 6, has her picture taken with
Photo Credit: Newsday/ Audrey C. Tiernan

Grace DiDominica, 6, has her picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Dee's Nursery & Florist in Oceanside. (March 24, 2013).

Grace DiDominica, 6, gives the Easter Bunny a
Photo Credit: Newsday Audrey C. Tiernan

Grace DiDominica, 6, gives the Easter Bunny a kiss at Dee's Nursery & Florist in Oceanside. (March 24, 2013).

Fourth grader Noah Kantor, 10, says the blessing
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Fourth grader Noah Kantor, 10, says the blessing over the wine, or in this case grape juice, during an international Passover Seder at the Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho. Less common Passover customs of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia, and Israel were shared during the seder. (March 20, 2013)

Carol Chesler plays guitar as students partake in
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Carol Chesler plays guitar as students partake in Passover customs during an international Passover Seder at the Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho Wednesday. Less common Passover customs of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia, and Israel were shared during the seder. (March 20, 2013)

Children dance to the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Children dance to the "frog song" during an international Passover Seder at the Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho Wednesday. Less common Passover customs of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia, and Israel were shared during the seder. (March 20, 2013)

Students hold chives symbolizing Egyptian whips during an
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Students hold chives symbolizing Egyptian whips during an international Passover Seder at the Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho Wednesday. Less common Passover customs of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia, and Israel were shared during the seder. (March 20, 2013)

First grader Ari Novick, 7, holds up a
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

First grader Ari Novick, 7, holds up a piece of matzah during an international Passover Seder at the Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho Wednesday. Less common Passover customs of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia, and Israel were shared during the seder. (March 20, 2013)

Students sing the four questions of Passover during
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Students sing the four questions of Passover during an international Passover Seder at the Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho Wednesday. Less common Passover customs of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia, and Israel were shared during the seder. (March 20, 2013)

Sonia Schwartz and her son Jonathan place shmurah
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Sonia Schwartz and her son Jonathan place shmurah matzah on the table as their family prepares food for the seder meal on the first night of Passover inside their North Woodmere home. (March 25, 2013)

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