President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed the children of military families as well as students from local schools in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. According to the White House, the festivities include “mystical woodland creatures, vibrant colors, and acrobatic performers on flying trapeze and sway poles.” 

Obama was particularly taken with a young child dressed as the pope — complete with his own homemade Popemobile. The baby pope ended up winning the top prize in the White House’s costume contest. 

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