As July winds down and August approacheth, we are entering into Parade Season up here in Washington state. Here in my hometown, we are in the thick of our local parade. In nearby Seattle, we are just about to have the Seafair Parade. There will also be (and have already been) parades in various local towns.
Which is curious when you think about it.
One of the things that marks us off from the beasts is that we are alone in the animal kingdom in our peculiar desire to get up, get in a more or less straight line with a number of our fellow homo sapiens and then walk in front of a bunch of other homo sapiens. Oh sure, birds and lizards and other critters will “display,” typically in order to...READ MORE