pa·​rade | \ pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio) \
plural parades

Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a public procession (see procession entry 1 sense 1a) usually to mark a holiday or event … the Halloween parade is open to all city boys and girls 12 years and younger wearing costumes. … Participants will receive a free trick-or-treat bag and candy along the parade route …The Springfield (Massachusetts) Morning Union May 30th was Memorial Day, when Americans remember those who died serving in the armed forces. … Soldiers and sailors marched in parades honouring the fallen.The Economist especially : one involving many different people or groups who travel down a street usually on foot or in vehicles (such as floats) Pinta and her family planned the parade that featured more than 90 groups, organizations and politicians. Windy City Times (Chicago) Approximately 50 parade entries include marching bands, celebrities, community groups, public officials and fire/police vehicles. — Ivy Weiss … over 25,000 people dress extravagantly, from colorful bikinis with feathers to … gowns, while performing in steel bands and dance groups on the elaborately decorated floats that form the official parade. — Marthe van der Wolf The parade will feature spectacular flower-covered floats with riders in colorful costumes, beautiful dresses and striking uniforms. San Antonio Magazine
b : a usually long series of people or things … the American people watched a parade of witnesses expose the details of a political crime …— Karen De Witt The movie does have one campy casting conceit: a parade of cameos by stars of old TV Western series …— David Hiltbrand Our antipasto was a parade of little dishes containing black olives, fresh sheep cheeses, … and prosciutto.— Robert Riche ((British)) … went to see the new street art, which is on the … end of a parade of shops— Tim Lewis
2a : the ceremonial formation of a body of troops before a superior officer Handcrafted reproductions of miniature 18th-century tin soldiers, … these Austrian horsemen assume dramatic poses of battle and parade.The Smithsonian Catalog
b : a place where troops assemble regularly for parade
3 : a pompous show : exhibition The male booby may walk around using exaggerated, deliberate-looking leg movements, displaying his bright-blue legs and feet. Actually his parade is closer to the pick 'em up and put 'em down gait of … scuba divers.— Michael H. Robinson
4a : a place for strolling (such as a public walk or square)
b : those who promenade


paraded; parading

Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to maneuver or march : marshal
2 : promenade
3 : to exhibit ostentatiously

intransitive verb

1 : to march in or as if in a procession
2 : promenade
3a : show off
b : masquerade myths which parade as modern science— M. R. Cohen

Other Words from parade


parader noun

Synonyms for parade

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Examples of parade in a Sentence

Noun the annual Thanksgiving Day parade After the team won the championship, the city threw a parade for them. The town will put on a parade. The marching band lined up for the homecoming parade. Verb The team and its fans paraded down the street. Protesters paraded in front of City Hall. The models paraded up and down the runway. She paraded around on the beach in her bikini. The victors paraded the prisoners through the streets. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the government held some large-scale events in April, including a military parade that involved about 20,000 people and marked the 90th anniversary of the army. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 18 May 2022 Kim ​mobilized tens of thousands of people without masks for a large military parade in Pyongyang, the capital, to celebrate the country’s growing nuclear capabilities. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Just weeks before announcing its first official case, North Korea held a massive military parade in Pyongyang that gathered about 20,000 people, in what experts said could have been a superspreader event., 16 May 2022 Just weeks before announcing its first official case, North Korea held a massive military parade in Pyongyang that gathered about 20,000 people, in what experts said could have been a superspreader event. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 During the parade, the Queen will inspect her troops. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 The capital city hosted a massive military parade late last month that could have contributed to the virus spreading. Byshannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 13 May 2022 Enlarge / People watch a television broadcast showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade at the Seoul Railway Station on May 4, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a strident speech at an annual military parade in Moscow, accusing the U.S. and the West of provoking the conflict and comparing it to the Soviet Union’s fight against Nazi Germany in World War II. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In mid-November, Jefferson officials were still hoping to parade as usual in February while trying to abide by social distancing guidelines. Doug Maccash And Chad Calder | Staff Writers,, 25 Nov. 2020 The group doesn’t actually parade Mobile’s streets, but the ball does features elaborate miniature floats that roll onto the Convention Center’s floor. al, 10 Feb. 2022 Instead, the vaccines instruct our cells to manufacture SARS-CoV-2’s spike, a protein that normally decorates the virus’s surface, and parade those spikes in front of immune cells, partially simulating an infection. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Dec. 2021 Fifth, watch the school children parade through the art museums on their field trips. Beth Thames |, al, 29 Mar. 2022 In fact, elephants have been known to parade right through the lodge in search of the property's wild mango tree. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2022 With its daring styling and generous suite of standard features, the 2022 Elantra is a bone standard compact that owners can proudly parade through any American neighborhood. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 Mar. 2022 Unlike in 2021, this year’s Iditarod will start on the streets of downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 5, with a ceremonial send-off as mushers parade through a loop that starts on Fourth Avenue. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2022 For the 1969 Carnival, the Maids of Mirth opted not to parade. al, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parade


1649, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for parade


borrowed from French, "show, display (of an object to demonstrate its value), show of military force, cavalry procession," going back to Middle French, from parer "to prepare, adorn, dress (a person) with care" (going back to Old French) + -ade -ade — more at pare


derivative of parade entry 1

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pa·​rade | \ pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio) \

Kids Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a public celebration that includes people moving in order down a street by walking or riding in vehicles or on floats a circus parade the Independence Day parade
2 : the formation of troops before an officer for inspection
3 : great show or display … I couldn't see the usual parade of ships coming toward the harbor …— Theodore Taylor, The Cay


paraded; parading

Kids Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to march in an orderly group
2 : to show off We know you're smart. You don't have to parade it.

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