Parades have various political and cultural significance, but one grand stroll carries solemn religious meaning mixed with ostentatious displays of fashion: The Easter Parade. Wouldn't you love to sashay down 5th Avenue in New York wearing a festive flower garden and a mile of ribbon on your bonnet? I would.
On January 11, 2014 I had the pleasure of participating in a Second Line Parade, back in my home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though I'd seen hundreds growing up there, this was the first I've actually ever taken part in. Second Lining is an old tradition in New Orleans and considered a part of our cultural heritage.
For those of you who aren't Irish or of Irish descent, St. Patrick's Day may just represent a day where people go out for a good time, possibly drink too much and paint shamrocks on their faces. But for my family and for many whose families originally hailed from Ireland, there's a little more to it. For many of us it represents hope, spirit and the achievement of the American Dream.