Photographer's Note

June is a lively month in Brazil. Every school, club, apartment building, church, community center hosts a "Festa Junina".
Colourful baloons and flags serve as decoration, sometimes paper hot air baloons are released into the sky.
There are food stalls selling typical street party treats like cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and other typical festa junina food and drinks, like hot spicy wine.
Children dress up like country bumpkins and everybody play games and win prizes at various barracks.
If you happen to come to Brazil in June, either go to any church on a Saturday or Sunday, or try to get invited to a private Festa Junina, most clubs and schools admit anyone who pays the (cheap!!) entry fee. I personally try to go to as many I can, I love the family cheerful atmosphere, and the folckloric costumes. Sometimes parties go into the night, a band plays folckloric music (forró) and everybody dances.
I took this photo at the festa junina organized at the school in Favela Vila Prudente (same place where i took the photo posted a few days ago). The girl didn´t know I was taking her photo, and I like her serious pensive expression.
Even (or specially) the poor families buy or make beautiful dresses for their kids.

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