Thursday, November 25, 2010


United States Marine Corps band on parade.,
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.
Protest demonstrations can also take the form of a parade, but in such cases are usually referred to as a march instead.


Main article: Float (parade)
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. 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.
Flower parade
Parade of horribles
Pride parade
Santa Claus parade
Ticker-tape parade
Military parade
Victory parade
Walking day

Parade examples

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

Anheuser-Busch Washington's Birthday Parade, held annually in Laredo, Texas
Calgary Stampede Parade
Carnaval San Francisco
Dahlia parade in Zundert always held on the first Sunday in September
Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City
Dragon of Shandon Samhain parade in Cork, held annually on the 31st of October at night
Easter parade
International Bank of Commerce "Under the Stars" youth parade, held annually in Laredo, Texas
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Mardi Gras
Main Street Electrical Parade
Marksmen's Parade, Hannover
May Day Parade Russia
Mummers Parade
New York's Village Halloween Parade
Notting Hill Carnival
Orange Bowl Parade
Orlando Citrus Parade
Philippine Independence Day Parade
Procession of the Species
Republic Day Parade in India
Republic Day Parade in Pakistan
Saint Patrick's Day Parade Dublin, Munich, New York, Boston, and San Diego
Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Tournament of Roses Parade
Victory Day parade, held annually in the Russian Federation and former USSR.
Vikingland Band Festival Parade Marching Championship
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
West Country Carnival
Zinneke Parade

Observances marked by parades

Canada Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Mardi Gras
New Year's Day
Pioneer Day (Utah) - Days of '47 Parade
Samhain Ireland
St. Patrick's Day
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Army's Day


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