WASHINGTON – No one arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, but there was valet parking for guests invited to a “mini-ball” at the Library of Congress in honor of the Disney film “Cinderella.”
The Thursday evening event featured a costumed Cinderella character who descended the library steps to the cheers of a crowd of children and adults, including members of Congress and their families.
Before Cinderella made her grand entrance, hundreds watched a screening of the classic Disney animated movie released 70 years ago.
The Library of Congress recently added the film to the National Film Registry.
Attending a ceremony to mark the honor were Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Mary Walsh, director of the Disney Animation Research Library.
Walsh said that although “Cinderella” is 70 years old, it has a message that still resonates today, calling it “a story of perseverance and resiliency.” She said of Cinderella, “Her life was not easy, and she found it within herself to continue to have the strength and determination to hold on to her dreams, no matter what was going on, and she did it with kindness and respect.”
Walsh said that despite the harsh treatment Cinderella endured, she rose above it and chose not to retaliate, and that “sends a strong message” about enduring under duress, one that is “as important today as it was 70 years ago.”
After the ceremony, Cinderella posed for pictures with a long line of children and adults. For guests seeking to create their own fairy-tale images, there was a series of photo backdrops, including one that gave guests the chance to slip their feet into a replica glass slipper.
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