Hundreds ring in celebrate Easter outside in downtown Fairbanks.

If you were out and about early this Easter morning, the Centennial Bridge, located in downtown Fairbanks was the place to celebrate the occasion.  Hundreds turned out for Easter Sunrise Service.

The community-wide, non-denominational event got underway just after 7 a.m. on the bridge that crosses the Chena River.

"It's just an opportunity to come and rejoice, and have a wonderful time," said Anthony "A.W." Buie, one of the organizers of the event. "All denominations coming together as one.  The Bible says many members, but one Spirit, right here."

The free service offered a "warm up" tent, a "warm up" bus to children, and entertainment from a community choir.

"From my point of view, its trying to bring people together," said Bill Bubel, another organizer.  "Then you see it start to grow, and you see people walking off the bridge afterwards with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes.  It's a great occasion."