Easter Celebration Draws Crowd Filled With Praise

Hundreds of people stood on their feet and filled the Saenger Theater with songs and dances of praise in this first coast wide Easter celebration.

There were performers who made some smile, while others waved their hands, but they were all there to celebrate one thing.

"Easter is a time to celebrate of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," said Sarah Johnson.

"The resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. It gives me the opportunity to realize that I am saved, and without His resurrection, I would be totally lost," said Betty Ramsey.

"It's more of a resurrection celebration than an Easter celebration because we want to get together and salute and praise the reason that we are who we are and that's because Jesus Christ rose from the dead," said host Paul Timms.

We found some audience members who said they could come to events like this year-round. They believe it shouldn't just be an Easter celebration.

"I think any time Christians get together and rejoice. That's great. I love it," said Rodney Smith.

"Without His death,burial, and resurrection, there is no life, and without life we are all men most miserable, we have no hope in life. And that's why it is so important to remind ourselves in a special way, at least once a year but every week, who He is and who He is to us," said Kenneth Johnson.

And to Christians, "He" is a being who is alive and well.

A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Back Bay Mission as well as the local chapter of the NAACP.