A procession is a parade without all the roadblocks and street closures. It differs in several important respects:
It costs nothing to participate. We are underwriting this with proceeds from the festival and from our generous sponsors.
Depending on the level of interest expressed in the community, we may consider a parade in future years. After last year's procession, we polled people at the festival. The majority of those we spoke with liked the procession format. The Parades do create a wonderful spectacle. But, this year, a procession seems more appropriate.
A good question. There are certainly many things to protest these days. But we believe that there is power in coming together at times to celebrate something we share and believe in. Outside the festival area, people are certainly welcome to hoist any sign they care to. But we encourage people to use this day to express the unity we aspire to.