PARADE (Fr. parade, an adaptation from Ital. parala; cf. Span, parada, from Lat. parare, to prepare, equip, furnish), a word of which the principal meanings are display, show, a military gathering of troops for a specific purpose, an assembly of people for a promenade, the place where the troops assemble, and a road or street where people may walk. In the military sense, a " parade " is a mustering of troops on the parade-ground for driU, for inspection, for the delivery of special orders, or for other purposes, either at regular stated hours or on special occasions.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)