This is highly questionable from an ethical point of view, but no less a popular event was held annually at the Palisades Park, New Jersey, from 1946 to 1955. We present you a unique series of archival photographs showing the full excitement on the part of parents and the sufferings on the part of the direct participants of the children's race, during which a grave struggle for monetary prizes was unfolding. Well, to judge that this is a fascinating and entertaining sport or a uniform mockery of young children, we will give you yourself.
The race began with the fact that the mothers themselves placed their children in the starting gates, suspiciously resembling the real gates used in horse racing.
Children participating in competitions often barely stood on their feet and did not know how to walk.
Mothers, other family members and just visitors to the fair actively supported the race participants. By the way, "derby in diapers" were very popular and collected a lot of spectators.
It is not surprising that the children's races were not only full of excitement and fun, but also screaming, crying and hysterical participants.
To get to the finish line, some needed a bite.
Others so overworked from exercise in the fresh air that they fell asleep on the go, and did not finish the race.
Plush toys performed as the finish line. They also served as a motivation for crawling participants.
Those who got up and just walked to the finish were subject to disqualification.
Toys, to which the participants of the races still managed to crawl, they were allowed to keep.
All participants were assigned funny "nicknames", also suspiciously reminiscent of horses. They were placed on a large poster over the field for the race, along with the chances of winning each of the little athletes. It remains to be seen whether the bets were actually taken.
The winner of the race received a prize fund and a crown. True, instead of the joy of victory, the crown often brought only additional disorders.
In 1946, the famous magazine LIFE wrote that children's races “are really as ridiculous as you might think,” but this did not prevent them from being held regularly for a whole decade. You will be surprised, but such “derby in diapers” periodically pass to this day, in our age of concern for human rights and the fight against child abuse.