• WordNet 3.6
    • v parade march in a procession "the veterans paraded down the street"
    • v parade walk ostentatiously "She parades her new husband around town"
    • n parade a visible display "she made a parade of her sorrows"
    • n parade a ceremonial procession including people marching
    • n parade an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things "a parade of strollers on the mall","a parade of witnesses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.
    • Parade A pompous show; a formal or ostentatious display or exhibition. "Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade ."
    • Parade A public walk; a promenade.
    • Parade (Mil) An assembly and orderly arrangement or display of troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the force assembled.
    • Parade Any imposing procession; the movement of any group of people marshaled in military order, especially a festive public procession, which may include a marching band, persons in varied costume, vehicles with elaborate displays, and other forms of entertainment, held in commemoration or celebration of an event or in honor of a person or persons; as, a parade of firemen; a Thanksgiving Day parade; a Memorial Day parade; a ticker-tape parade . "In state returned the grand parade ."
    • Parade Posture of defense; guard. "When they are not in parade , and upon their guard."
    • Parade The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled. Also called parade ground.
    • Parade To assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops.
    • Parade To assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review or in a public celebratory parade{3}.
    • Parade To exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off. "Parading all her sensibility."
    • Parade To make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by walking in a public place.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New York's first St. Patrick's day parade was held on March 17, 1762.
    • n parade Show; display; ostentation.
    • n parade That which is displayed or arranged for display; a show; a procession; hence, any ordered and stately exhibition of skill, as a military review or a tournament.
    • n parade Specifically, military display; the orderly assembly and procession of troops for review or inspection.
    • n parade The place where such assembly or review is held, or the space allotted to it.
    • n parade The level plain forming the interior or inclosed area of a fortification, corresponding to the courtyard of a castle.
    • n parade A public walk, as on an avenue or esplanade; a public promenade: as, the marine parade at Brighton, England.
    • n parade In fencing, the act of parrying; avoidance of a thrust by slight movements of the hand and wrist, which place the strong part of the blade above the guard in opposition to the weak part of the opponent's blade nearer the tip, thus deflecting his sword-point so that it passes the body without touching: a French term, used in English for parry. Parades, or more properly parries, correspond to the thrusts against which they guard: thus, parade in or of quarte, parade in or of tierce, prime, second, etc.
    • n parade Hence A posture of preparedness to meet attack or parry thrusts; a posture of defense; guard.
    • n parade Pageant, spectacle.
    • parade To marshal and array in military order: as, the troops were paraded at the usual hour.
    • parade To march up and down upon: as, to parade the veranda of a hotel.
    • parade To exhibit or manifest in an ostentatious manner; make a parade or display of.
    • parade Synonyms To display, flaunt, show off.
    • parade To assemble and be marshaled in military order; march in military procession.
    • parade To march up and down or promenade in a public place for the purpose of showing one's self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parade par-ād′ the orderly arrangement of troops for exercise or inspection: a review of troops: the place where such a display takes place: that which is displayed: great or splendid show of any kind: a public walk or promenade
    • v.t Parade to show off: to marshal in military order
    • v.i Parade to march up and down as if for show: to pass in military order: to march in procession
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  • Jerry Chin
    Jerry Chin
    “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”
  • George W. Crane
    George W. Crane
    “Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.”
  • Edwin H. Stuart
    Edwin H. Stuart
    “Remember, every time you open your mouth to talk, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.”
  • John Naisbitt
    John Naisbitt
    “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”
  • Dana Gillman Rinehart
    Dana Gillman Rinehart
    “People start parades -- politicians just get out in front and act like they're leading.”


Rain on your parade - If someone rains on your parade, they ruin your pleasure or your plans.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. parada, a halt or stopping, an assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled to exercise, fr. parar, to stop, to prepare. See Pare (v. t.)


In literature:

I'll have a talk with him and try to keep him out of the parades.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Both our young rookies hung about until they heard first call for parade.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
So having got a mount I was soon on parade.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
I was almost always there at parade and guardmounting.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
On Friday evening, the battalion paraded nine hundred and fifty-three strong.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Men mud-coloured from head to foot paraded in lines, marched, or strolled about or sat on mud banks smoking.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
This afternoon post-office parade was a social function, for only people of leisure and distinction were at liberty at that hour.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Phillis would have gone direct to their destination, but Nan pleaded for one turn on the Parade.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
When the national colors are passing on parade or in review, Scouts should, if walking, halt, and if sitting, rise and stand at attention.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Let's go down town and see the parade.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith

In poetry:

And children at their evening sports,
Parading to and fro ;
Assembled in the quiet courts
Of yonder cottage row.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
I cannot deck your summer ways.
I cannot share your golden days,
With all the rich parade
Of things that with the morning come,
And gaily in the sunshine bloom,
But cannot 'bide the shade.
"The Night-Blowing Cerus" by Caroline Fry
He who onward moves, pursuing
Patiently his heavenward road,
'Midst the rocks, and 'midst the ruin
Which perplex the path to God—
Not by hope or fear betrayed,
Nor allured by vain parade:
""Ye cannot serve God and Mammon"" by John Bowring
And thin whin the b'ys would fall in fer parade,
McCarty'd be gay with his buttons and braid,
And whin he stipped out fer ter head the brigade,
Why, this was the beautiful tune that he played:
"The Ballad Of McCarty’s Trombone" by Joseph C Lincoln
Infinite wisdom form'd the plan;
Infinite power supports the pile;
Infinite goodness pour'd on man
Its radiant light—its cheering smile.
Need they thine aid?—poor worm!—thine aid!
O mad presumption—vain parade!
"Persecution" by John Bowring
I've bought for young Diccon a long walking-stick,
Yellow gloves, well tanned, at Woodstock village made.
I'll teach you to flourish 'em and show your name is DICK,
Strutting by your sister's side with the same parade.
"The Well-Dressed Children" by Robert Graves

In news:

Holiday parade gets a cheery lift from firm's helium balloons.
Ozomatli concert, you know it's sort of like being swept up in a Disneyland parade for adults.
That means that instead of rolling in February, Choctaw 's parade date is pushed to Jan 26.
North Korean soldiers march during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Brings Much-Needed Cheer To Post-Sandy NYC.
This year's card depicts the historic Old City Hall building and the annual Christmas parade circa 1940's by local artist Ted Nicholson.
Jonesboro planning holiday parade's return.
Jonesboro residents got an early present from their City Council Monday when the governing body decided to take on the responsibility of resurrecting the city's holiday parade after a four-year hiatus.
Santa greets the crowd at the 2011 Wilkes-Barre Christmas Parade in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Marcy Wilke has been taking her family to the Beef Empire Days parade for more than 20 years.
Under soggy skies, about 2,500 of our best and brightest paraded the hell out of here on Saturday — perhaps not a moment too soon.
The parade is sponsored by the Comer Woman's Club, and this year a festival will take place in conjunction with the parade, with vendors setting up booths in town.
The Hoboken St Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled by the parade committee.
Pulaski County Jaycees want this year's Christmas parade in Pulaski to be just " dreamy ," so parade entries are encouraged to reflect the theme "Christmas Dreams.".
Shunted to the back of tomorrow's St Patrick 's Day Parade, New York City firefighters aren't the only ones who are angry with parade chair John Dunleavy.

In science:

Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, P.O.
The Bolocam 1.1 mm Lockman Hole Galaxy Survey: SHARC II 350 micron Photometry and Implications for Spectral Models, Dust Temperatures, and Redshift Estimation
This type of random matrix model has been extensively studied in the context where N is interpreted as the number of colours or flavours. (see [75, 76] ) The event-symmetric paradism suggests an alternative interpretation in which N is the number of events times the number of colours .
Event-Symmetric Physics
Therefore it would be useful to keep such a possibility also in mind for what one hopes will become the “parade horse” to study new physics, namely the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
The Spin Structure of the Proton and Polarized Collider Physics
The parad igm that ear ly-type ga la x ies a lways mean pressure-suppor ted systems w ith no recent star formation, and cer ta in ly no accreted gas, has been cons igned to h istor ica l nove lty.
Gas and Stars in Galaxies - A Multi-Wavelength 3D Perspective