Although the rain seemed to dampen the day before Easter, it could not wash out North End Against Drugs’ Annual Easter Party on Saturday, April 20 at the Nazzaro Center.

The event was sponsored by Mike “FUD” Giannasoli in memory of his mother, Florence. The center was filled to capacity with children and their parents as they colored Easter eggs.

Thanks to Mikey’s generosity, each child got a photo with the Easter bunny, an Easter pail filled with Easter goodies, and had their faces painted by Emily Trask. They also each received a balloon animal of their choice made by Josef of Yellow Fun Entertainment.

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Caravan Puppets with some of the children.

At 11 a.m. the fun switched to the drop-in center where The Caravan Puppets put on a wonderful puppet show for all the children. The puppet show was sponsored by City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Finally, every child had a chance at winning several prizes all donated by Mikey Fud.

Special thanks to BCYF Nazzaro Center Director and NEAD board member Steven Siciliano for allowing us to use the center and a special thank you to our guest of honor Peter Rabbit, played by none other than Peter Siciliano! 

Much appreciation to all of the North End Against Drugs board members who made all the magic happen today for the children and families of the North End: Maria Michlewitz, Ann Fitzgerald, Maria Lanza, John Pregmon, Mikey Fud, Karen D’Amico, Teddy Boyle and Olivia Scimeca. Overall it was a hopping great day in Rabbitsville!  

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