WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo is hosting an Easter Monday event for African-American families that dates back almost as far as the White House Easter Egg Roll.

The free gathering Monday runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes an Easter egg hunt, games and a visit from the “Easter panda.” There will be gospel performances, a Caribbean and reggae band and other performers.

The zoo exhibits will include 56 different talks with animal keepers and demonstrations and feedings of the cheetahs, gorillas, elephants and other animals.

The zoo has been hosting the Easter Monday event since the 1890s.

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