Point Of Clarification: I'm in the staging areas located just behind the parade's "starting line". I was allowed as a working member of a recognized media outlet. No spectators were inconvenienced in the making of these photographs.
The Equipment: In keeping with my "ready for anything" mindset, I brought three camera bodies. First, my go-to Fuji X-T2 with a 10-24 F 4.0 lens, and a Fuji T1 with a 50-200mm zoom lens. The middle ground would be covered by the third camera. a X100S with a wide angle adapter, giving me a full-synchronized 28mm-equivalent lens, which becomes a 35mm-equivalent lens when the adapter is removed. Photo #2 was made with the X-T2 / Wide Angle combination, with flash.
While not obvious, this is a flash-enhanced photo. Even on overcast days, a bit of flash helps to fill the shadows and add a bit of sparkle.
David Hobby mentioned that he routinely taped a 1/4 CTO gel (less orange) just to give his subjects a "glow". I may start doing that.
Changing Viewpoint: I like to shoot kids from their eye level. It gives you a variety of backgrounds, reflecting the world from their perspective. Perhaps this young lady is feeling a little lost, surrounded as she is by belt buckles and bare midriffs (Photo #12). Getting hard on the knees, though. I actually saw one photographer wearing knee pads like a skateboarder. Now that's dedication.