BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Easter Bunny rode through Belmar and Lake Como yesterday to the delight of dozens of children awaiting his arrival.

While the event replaced Belmar’s traditional Easter egg hunt on the beach due to the coronavirus crisis, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the youngsters who greeted the Easter Bunny and his helpers — members of the Belmar Police Department.

With sirens blaring and "happy" music playing, a cavalcade of Belmar police vehicles escorted the Easter Bunny, who waved and danced from the back of the borough’s Hummer SUV, decorated for the occasion with colorful banners and balloons.

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Stopping at homes during the nearly four-hour ride, each child received a gift bag with several plastic eggs filled with candy, an Easter puzzle and stamp, and bubbles or a glitter tattoo.

Police Chief Tina Scott, who was part of the police escort, called it a great day for the community. “We had a blast. It was great to see everyone, even if it was from a distance,” she said. “We were so happy that we were able to see all those little smiles all around town.”

And a big round of applause goes out to the Easter Bunny, aka Chris Musiolowski of the Public Works Department, who put on quite a show for the kids ... and the adults, too.

A video of the ride has been posted on Belmar's Facebook page

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