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Sun shines on Port Jeff Easter egg hunt

People head to Harborfront Park in the Village

People head to Harborfront Park in the Village Center to enjoy a spring day while children hunted for eggs. (April 8, 2012) Credit: Alessandra Malito

Under a bright sky, more than 100 people dressed in sun hats, dresses and suits for the annual Port Jefferson Village Easter parade and egg hunt on Sunday.

“It was good,” said Kendall Parker, 9, whose favorite part of the event was finding eggs. She was searching along with her sister, Avery, 5, and her friends Victoria Johanson, 8, and Conor Johanson, 6.

Although Kendall found the most eggs out of her group, she gave four away to crying children who hadn’t found any.

Victoria, who found two eggs, gave one to her brother so that they could each have one.

The parade was led by the Easter bunny from Theatre Three to Harborfront Park at the Port Jefferson Village Center, where the egg hunt took place.

Colette Falese, of Shirley, was dressed in medieval garb as the Goddess of Spring, also known as Eastre, a maiden pagan figure who symbolized spring and fertility.

She had a basket filled with eggs to give to younger kids, though most ran up to her to take a picture with her.

“There’s a great delight in running and finding eggs and meeting the Easter bunny,” Falese said. And the weather certainly helped. “It can’t get better than this.”

Even dogs were enjoying the day out in the park near the water.

Carissa McMurray, of Port Jefferson, was with her Maltese-poodle mix Clova. Her pup was dressed in a floral sundress with a pink bow. McMurray matched her with a floral hat. “It brings out the happiness in people’s smiles.”

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