Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade
I can tell you just from years of experience and from being in different settings and situations. The classroom experience can be great. A special performance can be great, but something where the stage has been set, the atmosphere, the excitement, if you put yourself in a parade setting, you're hearing bands, you're seeing horses, you're watching young people dance, you have people dressed up and ready to go. I mean, everybody's wearing crazy red, white and blue everything, and funny things in their hair and hats and eyes. And people are there to celebrate. So, yes, there is that element of enthusiasm and excitement and celebration that is already there for you and to be able to have that and add to it and feel it, you pull from that as part of a parade as a performer. You pull from that energy and it only gives you more. It builds up your own energy to throw it out back out at the crowd. So, it all feeds on each other. And yes, it's something that you don't maybe necessarily think about as you're building a parade for a float. You're very focused on the result itself, product, the people and place. Just making sure you've got tape and poles and banners and all those things that go into it, so you're very detail oriented. But you kind of forget about the energy that's already there, that you didn't bring, but you're adding to it, you're taking from it and you're giving as much as you can back out. And that in itself is a wonderful element to showcase something that a lot of people might think science is stuffy, not full of highs and lows, not celebratory and yet, here we are. And people are cheering and we're all excited and we can't wait to share when people can't wait to hear and see and be fascinated and be part of it, and to, especially for the kids, cheer them on, which I am sure can only be a boost in what they've done and what they continue to do as their students. So, yeah, there is that element that may not exist in other places where you bring science, too. To have that there and to be part of it and to use that is really magical.