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MadisGrace Ware 3 picks up eggs during an Easter egg hunt Chicago Women's Park Gardens Chicago Ill. Saturday March 30

Madison Grace Ware, 3, picks up eggs during an Easter egg hunt at the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, March 30, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 30, 2013 9:21PM

Patrick Brown might not remember his first Easter in Chicago, but his mother will.

Surrounded by historic buildings in the South Loop, the 2-year-old — adopted from Haiti last month — sat in his mother’s lap Saturday afternoon and carefully opened up the plastic eggs he collected in a massive Easter egg hunt.

“He doesn’t know what candy is yet, so I’m actually happy about that,” Marcia Brown, originally from the West Indies and now living in Pilsen, said as Patrick found a Tootsie roll within the plastic egg. “This is a year of firsts for everything. He’s just absolutely wonderful. He just came home Feb. 8. I’m just very happy.”

On a balmy day that peaked to nearly 60 degrees, the Easter egg hunt just outside the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens in the historic Prairie District brought out more than 1,000 people, most of them toddlers in their best Easter outfits. Only a few of them cried at the sight of a giant Easter bunny. Most ran up to give him a hug.

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