#115 parades

115/365 parades, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Today the scouts invaded the streets for their yearly parades although parades of any kind, especially ones in uniform, are very rare in our society.

I loved the way the little boys held each other’s hands. And how their brigade sign carrier looked rather pensive, maybe thinking of his responsibility for leading the group. Togetherness, group spirit and happy faces, but at the same time a rather militaristic feel backed up by drums.

This sight vividly reminded me of Singapore with their school uniforms and extracurricular brigades. I also remembered the dozens of parades we saw in the US during our one-year stay in Virginia, with Clinton’s second inauguration as the most spectacular one. So typical of me that my mind wanders to intercultural comparisons…

2 Responses to “#115 parades”

  1. April 26, 2010 at 14:46

    The boys look so cute. I wonder why you have few parades? I think we like parades in Australia. ANZAC parade recently, Moomba parades, Christmas parades, protest parades. Do you have street protests? We have processions in our church ceremonies (Russian Orthodox).

  2. 2 sinikka
    April 27, 2010 at 00:48

    I often wonder the same. I haven’t really worked out why. Streets protests are as rare as any other parades. It seems that we are a very concensus driven society, and often just grin and bear anything without protesting.

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