Frank Flowers talks about this year’s Easter Egg Hunt at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie.

John Meore/Poughkeepsie Journal

Regardless of whether or not they could manage the expense of an Easter celebration, some families can still enjoy the holiday on Sunday.

That’s the hope of City of Poughkeepsie resident John Smith, who was among the thousands who turned out to Waryas Park Saturday for the John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt.

Smith lauded organizers for the free egg hunt, food, Easter baskets and children’s activities. And he gave them high marks for a creating an event that served as a catalyst for bringing the community together.

“For some who may not be able to afford Easter, they can get it right here,” said Smith, 34, whose four children, ages 2-15, took part in Saturday’s event.

The John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt came one day before an extremely important Christian holiday and it honored the memory of Flowers.