March 12, 2011
The Kids' Carnival Parade at the Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro on the Friday immediately before Carnival features samba schools from AESM, the Junior Samba School League.
Some of Rio's top samba schools - the ones in the Special Group - have junior offshoots.
Besides engaging kids in preparations for the parade itself, junior samba schools provide them with other learning and leisure opportunities during the year. The samba schools' commitment to inclusion is clear in the parade, a fun occasion for kids with special needs.
Unfortunately, like children in beauty pageants, a few kids in the parade are dressed up in an adultified way. Some are encouraged to mimic the style of over-the-top dancers in grown-up parades.
In rejection of the sexualization and adultification of children and of the diffusion of such images, yet in fair recognition of the league's positive points, this photo gallery only features kids enjoying the parade as the kids they still are.