The three parades since 9/11 have all been for lesser heroes.
A few weeks ago, Britain witnessed a new Brown-created festival called Armed Forces Day, with bands and parades.
The gay-rights movement threw great parties and came together at parades and in community centers to give each other support.
1650s, "a show of bravado," also "an assembly of troops for inspections," from French parade "display, show, military parade," from Middle French parade (15c.), or from Italian parate "a warding or defending, a garish setting forth," or Spanish parada "a staying or stopping," all from Vulgar Latin *parata, from Latin parere "arrange, prepare, adorn" (see pare), which developed widespread senses in Romanic derivatives. Non-military sense of "march, procession" is first recorded 1670s.
1680s (transitive), from parade (n.). Intransitive sense from 1748. Related: Paraded; parading.