After a morning of overcast skies and light rain, another type of precipitation fell Saturday afternoon at the River Fields off State Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Pastel pink, green, yellow and blue eggs dropped from a helicopter a few hundred feet above as an estimated 1,500 children lined up to charge the field and gather them up.
It was a Philadelphia first, put on by Tacony’s CityReach Church and City Councilman Bobby Henon — an aerially assisted Easter egg hunt inspired by a church in Florida and its helicopter egg drop last year.
Onlookers pointed and took cellphone videos as the chopper made its approach and hovered, dropping an estimated 30,000 Easter eggs onto the field. The majority of the plastic eggs were filled with candy, though 500 “golden eggs” contained cash and gift certificates.
As the helicopter flew away and the field opened, a quick but polite scrum ensued when the children, separated by age group, made a mad dash to gather as many eggs as they could.
The field was emptied in a matter of minutes.
The event also featured food, games and prizes, and the church distributed Easter meals to those in need.