pageant

[paj-uhnt]
noun
1.
an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like, often given in dramatic form or as a procession of colorful floats.
2.
a costumed procession, masque, allegorical tableau, or the like forming part of public or social festivities.
3.
a show or exhibition, especially one consisting of a succession of participants or events: a beauty pageant.
4.
something comparable to a procession in colorful variety, splendor, or grandeur: the pageant of Renaissance history.
5.
a pretentious display or show that conceals a lack of real importance or meaning.
6.
(in medieval times) a platform or stage, usually moving on wheels, on which scenes from mystery plays were presented.
7.
display or pageantry.
8.
Obsolete. a stage bearing any kind of spectacle.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English pagyn, pagaunt, pagand < Anglo-Latin pāgina a stage for plays, scene, platform, perhaps special use of Latin pāgina page1

pageanteer, noun
pageantic [puh-jan-tik] , adjective
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pageant (ˈpædʒənt)
 
n
1.  an elaborate colourful parade or display portraying scenes from history, esp one involving rich costume
2.  any magnificent or showy display, procession, etc
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin pāgina scene of a play, from Latin: page1]

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pageant
late 14c., "play in a cycle of mystery plays," from M.L. pagina, perhaps from L. pagina "page of a book" (see page (1)) on notion of "manuscript" of a play. But an early sense in M.E. also was "stage or scene of a play" (late 14c.) and Klein says a sense of L. pagina was "moveable
scaffold" (probably from the etymological sense of "stake"). With excrescent -t as in ancient (q.v.). Generalized sense of "showy parade, spectacle" is first attested 1805, though this notion is found in pageantry (1650s).
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Example sentences
The photographs have not been made public and pageant officials acknowledge
  they do not know if they even exist.
Whatever else carnival may be, it is above all a pageant and no time for tears.
Originally a camel trading event, the mela has grown to include cultural events
  and even a camel beauty pageant.
Locals crammed the hilltops surrounding the city's packed amphitheatre, to
  watch the dancing and the beauty pageant.
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