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Dictionary Definition



1 a ceremonial procession including people marching
2 an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things; "a parade of strollers on the mall"; "a parade of witnesses"
3 a visible display; "she made a parade of her sorrows"


1 walk ostentatiously; "She parades her new husband around town" [syn: exhibit, march]
2 march in a procession; "the veterans paraded down the street" [syn: troop, promenade]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pəˈɹeɪd/, /p@"r\eId/
  • Rhymes: -eɪd


  1. An organized procession consisting of a series of consecutive displays, performances, exhibits, etc. displayed by moving down a street past a crowd.
    The floats and horses in the parade were impressive, but the marching bands were really amazing.
  2. Any succession, series, or display of items.
    The dinner was a parade of courses, each featuring foods more elaborate than the last.
  3. A line of goslings lead by one parent and often trailed by the other.
  4. A street, avenue or road.
    He was parked on Chester Parade.


organized procession
any succession or series


  1. To march or to display
    They paraded around the field, simply to show their discipline.
  2. To display or show
    They paraded dozens of fashions past the crowd.
  3. To march past
    After the field show, it is customary to parade the stands before exiting the field.

Extensive Definition

A parade is a procession of people, usually organized along a street, often in costume, and often accompanied by marching bands, floats or sometimes large balloons. Parades are held for a wide range of reasons, but are usually celebrations of some kind. In Britain the term parade is usually reserved for either military parades or other occasions where participants march in formation; for celebratory occasions the word procession is more usual.
Protest demonstrations also sometimes take the form of a parade, but in such cases are usually referred to as a march instead.
The parade float got its name because the first floats were decorated barges that were towed along canals with ropes held by parade marchers on the shore. Today, parade floats are traditionally pulled by motor vehicles or powered themselves.
Since the advent of technology, it is possible for aircraft and boats to parade. A flypast is an aerial parade of anything from one to dozens of aircraft, both in commercial context at airshows and also to mark, e.g., national days or significant anniversaries. They are particularly common in the United Kingdom, where they are often associated with Royal occasions. Similarly, for ships, there may be a sail-past of, e.g., tall ships, as was seen during Trafalgar 200, or other sailing vessels as during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of World War II. The longest parade in the world is the Marksmen's Parade that takes place in Hanover every year during the Schützenfest. The parade is 12 kilometres long with more than 12,000 participants from all over the world, among them more than 100 bands and around 70 floats and carriages.
parade in Bosnian: Korzo
parade in Bulgarian: Парад
parade in German: Korso
parade in Spanish: Desfile
parade in French: Défilé
parade in Dutch: Optocht
parade in Japanese: パレード
parade in Norwegian: Opptog
parade in Polish: Parada (wydarzenie)
parade in Russian: Парад
parade in Swedish: Parad
parade in Chinese: 遊行

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