One thing that amuses me is their use of heavy machinery for their floats (versus our floats in our Flower Festival where we try to make the vehicle blend with the decorations and make it as undetectable as possible). Huge trucks are a normal sight. Kids are usually on the floats and it emphasizes even more how immense the trucks are.
The Hare Krishna is quite a popular group here I think. I sometimes see them chanting their familiar song around Cuba Mall in the city.