I don't think I really understood tears of joy until I had them myself.
The marching band I'm in got awarded 'best university band' at the 193rd St Patrick's Day parade.
This was my first and only parade with the marching band that I joined around two months ago.
In that time I've learnt how to march (which I had no experience of) and play the saxophone (which I hadn't done for two years prior)
and doing this activity has really lifted my emotional state in a way that I didn't expect it to.
I've made so many new friends as well as the fact that I feel like I've achieved something big, by making so many people and children smile along the parade route.
They were so happy to our handmade decorations for our instruments - when we did the dancing routines, yes I was nervous but the crowd loving it so much made me love it so much and get into it.
It was so strange to be actually on the parade route with photographers and police guarding the lines. I love performing and I'm so happy I've been able to do it in such a different capacity to the one I'm used to (concerts).