Don’t be nervous. I didn’t think it was my thing and just went one year. I didn’t know all the songs, but the ones I knew - like Ave Maria, just made it so beautiful. And just being amongst so many Catholics was fantastic. There was a real feeling of strength and peace.
We walk through the streets of Sydney CBD, which are closed off for the Procession, but there are always tourists standing watching. It actually makes you feel proud to be a Catholic. One year there was a guy on a box yelling that we should all repent, but we drowned him out with the singing! And he was a bit outnumbered, 5000:1 (!). He soon left…
We might be a bit more casual in Sydney, there weren’t many wearing mantillas. Here’s a short 30sec clip of what it’s like in Sydney: