Parades are like moving theater. They rush, excite and leave smiles in their wake. To quote from Stephen Sondheim's A Parade in Town:
"There's a parade in town I see crowds, I hear yells There's a parade in town! I hear drums in the air I see clowns in the square I see marchers marching Tossing hats at the sky Did you hear? Did you see? Is a parade in town?"
The 3 October holiday commemorates the liberation of the city of Leiden in 1574 from the Spanish after the Eighty Years' War. It’s a time when the city lets loose and celebrates liberation, in all its many forms and manifestations.
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