ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Easter Sunday celebrations in Albuquerque began before the sun was up, and continued throughout the day.
It wasn’t the roar of the crowd; rather the sounds of “Amazing Grace” rang out in University Stadium for Calvary Albuquerque’s Sunrise Service.
The stands filled up quickly; security says about 21,000 people showed up.
“It’s good to see this many people enjoying Easter and coming to Christ, it’s very nice for an Easter morning,” one attendee told KRQE News 13.
For some, this early service is now tradition. For others, it was their first time, and quite the experience.
Once the sun was up, many kids were out at an Easter egg hunt in the South Valley, trying to stuff their baskets.
Kids weren’t the only ones searching for eggs. Zookeepers left treats for many of the animals at the zoo as part of the Easter enrichment. A Bengal Tiger even made a meal out of a cardboard Easter bunny.
“Lots of paper mache eggs for all the animals and actually some of the animals will get painted Easter eggs,” said education zookeeper Amelia Porter said.