I took this photo on December 19th, 2008 in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. A local boy's mother is preparing him for the parade of the traveling child (niño viajero) through the city of Cuenca. The main parade in Cuenca takes place in the week before Christmas, though every surrounding parish, hamlet and even schools have their own parade of some kind. Cuenca's is by far, the largest in Ecuador, taking the better part of a day from start to finish, winding its way through the colonial cobblestone streets of the historic center. In the parades, children dress up as nativity scene figures, such as the three wise kings. There are also floats with scenes from Jesus's life and the famous Niño Divino, a highly venerated religious figure of the baby Jesus.