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. In the Canadian Forces the term also has several less formal connotations.

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  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.
    a parade of shops
  3. A line of goslings led by one parent and often trailed by the other.
  4. The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled.
  5. Pompous show; formal display or exhibition.
  6. Posture of defense; guard.
  7. A public walk; a promenade; now used in street names.
    He was parked on Chester Parade.


  1. To march or to display.
    They paraded around the field, simply to show their discipline.
  2. To display or show; to exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off.
    They paraded dozens of fashions past the crowd.
    Parading all her sensibility. Byron.
  3. To march past.
    After the field show, it is customary to parade the stands before exiting the field.

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