A few blocks into the parade the joy switch went on and I was wholly inside the music and the march. If you've ever marched in a parade as part of a band you might know the feeling of being cheered by streets packed with onlookers as you march by. It's a great feeling, and being the gay/lesbian community band in the Pride parade gives an overlay of what feels like significance, or at least an extra kick of pleasure.
This is what I do.
When I went to the Eagle later that day some people I don't know and some people I do came up to tell me they'd seen me marching in the parade and that we sounded good. This means a lot a to me. I think bands add a lot to a march. I'm a little biased in that.