I was watching Today just now, and saw that Iran had another military parade to showcase their weapons and their troops.
We don't do this in the U.S., do we? I've never seen it.
I've seen parades featuring military troops. Almost always, there is a very reverent colorguard leading the parade carrying our flag and often the state and city flag.
As for other military parade participants, most of the time, they are not in formal formation and they smile to the people lining the streets. They usually don't carry their weapons, although they may have them with them.
I've seen plenty of parades featuing veterans, and people cheer for them and yell "Thank you for your service!"
I've seen jeeps and humvees filled with soldiers, often waving, and sometimes even throwing candy.
And I've seen planes, e.g., the Blue Angels, fly over the parade in formation.
But I've never seen a parade in the U.S. featuring giant weapons, missiles, tanks, and aircraft on trailers, and I've never seen rank upon rank of unsmiling military troops goose-stepping along carrying their rifles.
Are these kinds of parades done in cities that have big military bases nearby? We don't, although at one time, we did.
I really don't get this. What's the appeal of watching a bunch of weapons drive by and platoons of grim-faced troops?! Are people in other nations required to attend these parades?
Personally, I prefer giant balloons, clowns, floats stuffed with creped paper, marching high school bands, at least one bagpipe band, at least one band featuring instrumentalists who dance while they play, politicians walking along shaking hands and passing out pens, local businesses driving cars with their logo, beauty queens sitting in snazzy late-model convertibles, gymnastic schools doing flip flops, religious groups driving haywagons piled with AWANA students, majorettes twirling batons, and above all, candy-throwing!