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A parade (also called march or marchpast) 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.[1]

Protest demonstrations can also 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[citation needed]. Floats were occasionally propelled from within by concealed oarsmen, but the practice was abandoned because of the high incidence of drowning when the lightweight and unstable frames capsized. Strikingly, among the first uses of grounded floats — towed by horses — was a ceremony in memory of recently drowned parade oarsmen. Today, parade floats are traditionally pulled by motor vehicles or powered themselves.

Aircraft and boats

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.

Longest parade

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.

Types of parades

In 2002, United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets opened the Bastille Day Military Parade, Paris, France, as guest troops.

Parade examples

Yonkers High School students get ready for the Yonkers Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Observances marked by parades

See also


  1. ^ An evening parade in the reserve force refers to any assembly of troops for a period of instruction, drill, or office work while a first parade refers to a preliminary inspection of a vehicle before a road march. A C.O.'s Parade is an inspection by the Commanding Officer. There are also Defaulters Parades and Kit Parades.

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

PARADE (Fr. parade, an adaptation from Ital. pasta; cf. Span. parada, from Lat. parade, to prepare, equip, furnish), a word of which the principal meanings are display, show, a military gathering of troops for a specific purpose, an assembly of people for a promenade, the place where the troops assemble, and a road or street where people may walk. In the military sense, a "parade" is a mustering of troops on the parade-ground for drill, for inspection, for the delivery of special orders, or for other purposes, either at regular stated hours or on special occasions.

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Parade f. (genitive Parade, plural Paraden)

  1. parade (intentional, planned march)
  2. (military) parade, march

Simple English

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A parade is a group of people who all walk together, usually down a street or road. People who walk in parades are often dressed in a costume, and followed by marching bands, floats or large balloons.


They are often held on holidays or to honor someone. Parades are held for many reasons, but are usually for celebrations of some kind.

Military Parades

A military parade is one of the most common parades. It is when soldiers march in public. Usually they are followed by tanks and other military vehicles. Military parades are often held after a battle or war has been won. In the United States, military parades are usually held on Veterans Day and Independence Day.

Famous Parades

One of the most famous parades is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Over 44 million people watch this parade on television each year.

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