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The outdoor display featured 125 rabbits

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With the upcoming holiday in mind, this week we remember an Easter tradition in New Orleans for 60 years: a display featuring live rabbits outside Scheinuk the Florist on St. Charles Avenue. "Bunny Town," as the outdoor display at 2600 St. Charles Ave. was known, featured more than 125 Easter bunnies in a variety of hutches painted to look like a village, complete with a church, house, schoolhouse, barn, miniature greenhouse and florist. Max Scheinuk opened the florist business in 1919. His son Arthur came up with the Easter bunny idea around 1940, he said, "because city kiddies didn't get to see rabbits very often." He told The Times-Picayune in 2002 that over the years, generations of New Orleanians had come to see the display. "Grandparents bring their grandchildren because they remember the rabbits from their youth. Thousands of people come every year." In 2003, the business, which was being run by Arthur Scheinuk's son Ronald, closed. The location now is a luxury condominium complex.

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