A community gathers along the sinuous parade path.
They sit and intermittently stand to honor the veterans marching along the parade route.
The classic car drivers, local club teams, and music groups toss candy to children. The kids scurry and sprint to gather the treats; a mid-year homage to Halloween.
Strangers and neighbors share plans for the day. They reminisce about past parades.
And they never say it, but they offer one another comfort, acceptance, and belonging.
And they all accept; with arms outstretched.