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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
Canadian Forces
the term also has several less formal connotations.[2] Protest
Protest
demonstrations can also take the form of a parade, but such cases are usually referred to as a march instead.

Contents

1 Parade
Parade
float 2 Parade
Parade
grand marshals 3 Aircraft and boats 4 Longest parade 5 Types of parades 6 Examples of annual event parades 7 Historical parades 8 Observances marked by parades 9 See also 10 Notes 11 External links

Parade
Parade
float[edit]

A float at Rio Carnival, 2014

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[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.[citation needed] Today, parade floats are traditionally pulled by motor vehicles or are powered themselves. Parade
Parade
grand marshals[edit] A grand marshal is an honorary title given to an individual by the organizing committee of a periodic parade event. Similar to guests of honor at fan conventions, a grand marshal is selected on any basis relevant to the theme or nature of the parade, and often leads the parade from the front. Multiple grand marshals may often be designated for an iteration of the parade, and may or may not be in actual attendance due to circumstances (including death). Some parades, such as pride parades, may select a Community Grand Marshal or other designations alongside a Grand Marshal to lead the front or other parts of the parade. Aircraft and boats[edit] Since the advent of such technology, it became 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.

2013 World Championships in Athletics
2013 World Championships in Athletics
parade of nations at the Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki Stadium
in Moscow, Russia.

Longest parade[edit] The longest parade in the world is the Hanover Schützenfest
Hanover Schützenfest
that takes place in Hanover
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[edit]

Boat Parade
Parade
(Winterfest) Carnival
Carnival
parade Cavalcade Circus Flypast Flower parade Military parade Motorcade Parade
Parade
of horribles Pride parade Santa Claus parade Technoparade Ticker-tape parade Victory parade Walking day

Examples of annual event parades[edit]

Yonkers High School, New York students get ready for the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Carnival
Carnival
parade in Donetsk, Ukraine

2010 Moscow
Moscow
Victory Day Parade

Burung Petala Procession
Procession
in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Unfederated Malay States (Present-day Malaysia. (1933))

Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch
Washington's Birthday Parade, held annually in Laredo, Texas Attestation Parade
Parade
New South Wales Police College graduation parade in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Bastille Day Military Parade
Bastille Day Military Parade
- Held annually in Paris, France
France
in celebration of the Bastille Day Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic
Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic
- Second largest annual parade in the United States, Held on the second Saturday in August in Chicago, Illinois. Calgary Stampede
Calgary Stampede
Parade Carnaval San Francisco Carnival
Carnival
in the Netherlands Chief of Defence Force Parade
Parade
- Australian Defence Force Academy
Australian Defence Force Academy
- Marks completion of Initial Military Training for Officer Cadets and Midshipman at ADFA Dahlia
Dahlia
parade in Zundert
Zundert
always held on the first Sunday in September Days of '47 Parade
Days of '47 Parade
in Salt Lake City Dragon of Shandon Samhain
Samhain
parade in Cork, held annually on the 31st of October at night Easter
Easter
parade Gasparilla Pirate Festival
Gasparilla Pirate Festival
in Tampa
Tampa
is the third largest parade in the US and commemorates a pirate sack of the city. International Bank of Commerce
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
May Day
Parade
Parade
Russia McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, Chicago, Illinois Mummers Parade National Memorial Day
Memorial Day
Parade New York's Village Halloween Parade Notting Hill Carnival Orange Bowl Parade Orange walk Orlando Citrus Parade Philippine Independence Day
Independence Day
Parade Procession
Procession
of the Species Republic Day Parade
Parade
in India Republic Day Parade
Parade
in Pakistan Rutland May Days - Kelowna BC Rose Parade
Rose Parade
in United States Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day
Parade
Parade
Dublin, Munich, New York City, Boston, and San Diego San Francisco Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Festival and Parade Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Singapore National Day Parade Torchlight Parade, Seattle WA Toronto Santa Claus Parade Tournament of Roses Parade Trooping the Colour Victory Day parade, held annually in the Russian Federation and former USSR. Vikingland Band Festival Parade
Parade
Marching
Marching
Championship Walt Disney World Christmas
Christmas
Day Parade West Country Carnival Zinneke Parade

Historical parades[edit] At the end of hostilities in Europe in 1944-45, "victory parades" were a common feature throughout the recently liberated territories. For example, on 3 September 1944, the personnel of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division marched six abreast to the music of massed regimental pipe and drum bands through the streets of Dieppe, France to commemorate the liberation of the city from German occupation, as well as commemorate the loss of over 900 soldiers from that formation during the Dieppe Raid
Dieppe Raid
two years earlier.[3] On the Moscow
Moscow
Victory Parade
Parade
of 1945 held in Moscow, Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in June 1945, the Red Army commemorated Victory in Europe with a parade and the ceremonial destruction of captured Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
and Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
standards. Observances marked by parades[edit]

A kiddie parade at a Municipal Band concert in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Memorial Day
Memorial Day
Parade
Parade
in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

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Anzac Day
Anzac Day
- Australia
Australia
and New Zealand Army Day Canada Day Caribana Carnival Chinese New Year Christmas Easter Independence Day Labor Day Mardi Gras Memorial Day Navy Day New Year's Day The Olympics Pioneer Day (Utah)
Pioneer Day (Utah)
- Days of '47 Parade Puerto Rican Day Parade Samhain
Samhain
Ireland Schützenfest Solstice St. Patrick's Day Thanksgiving Vaisakhi Victory Day

See also[edit]

Lord Mayor's Show Procession Trooping the Colour

Notes[edit]

^ "Millions Of Revelers Marvel Over Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". CBS Broadcasting Inc. November 24, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2017.  ^ 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
Parade
is an inspection by the Commanding Officer. There are also Defaulters Parades and Kit Parades. ^ [1] Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Parades.

Labor Day
Labor Day
parade descriptions Victory Parade, USSR, 1945 on YouTube The Recruits - Cordell Jigsaw production for Channel Ten featuring a NSW Police College Attest

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