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Congress is no match for kids and their sleds. Roughly two dozen children and their parents showed up this afternoon to successfully break the prohibition on Capitol Hill sledding.

“I regret that I have but one run to give for my country,” said sledding enthusiast Peter Ufland, before setting off on one of the day’s first illicit rides.

The kids pulled off something District Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton couldn’t. Yesterday, Norton asked Capitol Police to waive the rule for what could be the final snow of the season, but was rebuffed. Police reportedly only started enforcing the ban this year at the request of an unnamed congressman.

The underage protesters pulled off their civil disobedience with the help of at least 20 reporters. Before camera crews arrived, Capitol Police had been hustling kids off the grounds, as they had promised to do yesterday. With the media on scene, though—and perhaps considering the optics of dragging away kids and confiscating their lunch trays—police instead just handed out copies of the regulation that bans sledding.

 Alas for the Capitol Police, some of these kids aren’t old enough to read.
Photo by Will Sommer