before starting people assembled and conversed
Jesus hung on the cross from about noon to three. These hours on this day are supposed to be devoid of work and play. Very little in these Christian cities in the United States stopped. Not every Christian, believes in this tradition. And such practices interferes with commerce, and are not well tolerated.
Later in the day, Saint Rocco's in Cleveland also processes. There is little of this sort of activity about the area. Such things were done more so in the past. Such activity is a communal presence made visible to the world.