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Joe's funeral is described in terms that one might otherwise use to describe a parade, with scores of cars and bands playing loud drum music.
The comparison emphasizes
the joy the people feel that Joe, a long-time dictator, is now gone from their midst.
the power and glory embodied by Joe in life that is mirrored in his death.
the feelings of Janie's secret heart, which she must keep hidden, but which she can express in a grand funeral.
the wealth of the community and how they were willing to display affluence when others came to town to honor Joe.
the great sorrow that was felt by the entire town when the "father" of the town died.