Adorned in decorative, white satin and lace dresses, the girls fidget at the edge of the dance floor, waiting to commence the Procession. Women--mothers and grandmothers--work to order the milling and chattering flock, marshaling the girls into two lines: one for the teenagers, another for the youngsters, some of whom can't be more than three years old. Their costumes look culled from a haute-couture fashion spread, with tea-length hemlines, butterfly sleeves, sequins and swatches of pastel silk, trains that drag across the waltz-worn floor. One of their handlers strolls with purpose down the little girl line, handing out rosaries. "You can keep this and use it," she tells one of them. The girl loops the chain around her... More >>>