So far as I can see, a procession has value in but two ways -- as a show
and as a symbol, its minor function being to delight the eye, its major
one to compel thought, exalt the spirit, stir the heart, and inflame the
imagination. As a mere show, and meaningless -- like a Mardi-Gras march
-- a magnificent procession is worth a long journey to see; as a symbol,
the most colorless and unpicturesque procession, if it have a moving history
back of it, is worth a thousand of it.
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