I understand sentiment against the white southern belle image, but it's nice to see young women dressed up in formal period costume at a time when women no longer do. Since those costumes were not what was being worn at the time by minorities, why not start a strong minority representation, then and now, however seems appropriate. Of course, young men are not represented either, except as escorts. That doesn't bother me, given they are most always the main feature in sports activities. Actually, the parade is just one big truck after the other, one big gag from the strong exhaust, with few bands.
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