But for one Maryland organization, getting in the spirit means getting spiritual — in a RV.
For the past three years, Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, Md., participated in the parade by driving a classic Mercedes convertible with some of her museum team members.
“All the sisters and the kids would walk around (the car) with angel wings and bubbles,” says Sister Jenna, who explains that her name signifies kindness and respect, not religion.
But this year, Sister Jenna is ditching the angel wings for a set of big wheels.
About a year and a half ago, the museum, located on Georgia Avenue, received a RV as a donation, with the intent to travel across the country to meet individuals and groups interested in meditation.
“We wanted to travel around the U.S., anyhow, and just stop at different places and invite people into a place of understanding and silence and power,” says Sister Jenna, who named the RV tour “America Meditating.”
“The real intent was to have a place where people can come to and just figure themselves out, de-stress, get clear.”
But before heading out on the big journey, Sister Jenna and her team will show off the RV to the local community.
When the RV is parked after the parade, everyone will be invited to come see the vehicle, which has a sofa, a kitchen, a bedroom — soon to be converted into a meditation room — and a colorful changing light display, which is undoubtedly Sister Jenna’s favorite feature.