Perhaps the most interesting thing at the parade wasn't in the parade at all. It was a group of furries on the other side of the street. They were all standing there waving at the parade, and getting as much attention as some of the performers.
Furries are kind of hard to describe. Think of them as mascots without teams or schools or any sort of affiliation. It's just people in furry suits for little or no reason. As a former mascot, I can't say anything bad about them. Maybe if I were young again, I'd be out there with them... I think these folks are all members of this group, if you're curious.
Awwww, isn't that sweet? The guy's getting a hug from complete strangers wearing fursuits.