1656, "a show of bravado," also "an assembly of troops for inspections," from Fr. parade
"display, show, military parade," from M.Fr. parade
(15c.), or from It. parate
"a warding or defending, a garish setting forth," or Sp. parada
"a staying or stopping," all from V.L. *parata,
from L. parer
"arrange, prepare, adorn" (see pare
), which developed widespread senses in Romanic derivatives. Non-military sense of "march, procession" is first recorded 1673. The verb is from 1686.