I usually don't start with a charcoal drawing that is this far along. Most of the time I only use an outline drawing for guidance. I wanted to see if the abstract shapes made an interesting composition before I started painting.
I should have sprayed it with fixative before painting. The charcoal came right off the canvas as I applied the paint. I think because I didn't use any turps to thin the paint. It made the beginning a little tricky.
Kids get the best seats for a parade because they don't care where they sit. The adults stand behind on the sidewalk or use chairs. I can't think of a parade I have seen that didn't have children sitting on the curb or in the street waiting for the parade to begin.