Only a parade permits you to eat a hot dog, popcorn and cotton candy for breakfast, allows you to bring your blanket and teddy bear or sport a ridiculous something on your head without shame.
Only a parade approves of you playing your music, dancing your dance, riding your horse, driving your beloved old car for applause, astounding or not.
Only a parade sanctions costumes for poop scoopers and renders accolades for your efforts. Only a parade allows you to sit on your chair in the street without being hassled by cops. Only a parade guarantees if you wave at strangers they'll wave back.