Parade Pa*rade", n. [F., fr. Sp. parada a halt or stopping, an assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled to exercise, fr. parar to stop, to prepare. See Pare, v. t.] 1. The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled. 2. (Mil.) An assembly and orderly arrangement or display of troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the force assembled. 3. Pompous show; formal display or exhibition. Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade. --Swift. 4. That which is displayed; a show; a spectacle; an imposing procession; the movement of any body marshaled in military order; as, a parade of firemen. In state returned the grand parade. --Swift. 5. Posture of defense; guard. [A Gallicism.] When they are not in parade, and upon their guard. --Locke. 6. A public walk; a promenade. Dress parade, Undress parade. See under Dress, and Undress. Parade rest, a position of rest for soldiers, in which, however, they are required to be silent and motionless. --Wilhelm. Syn: Ostentation; display; show. Usage: Parade, Ostentation. Parade is a pompous exhibition of things for the purpose of display; ostentation now generally indicates a parade of virtues or other qualities for which one expects to be honored. ``It was not in the mere parade of royalty that the Mexican potentates exhibited their power.' --Robertson. ``We are dazzled with the splendor of titles, the ostentation of learning, and the noise of victories.' --Spectator., Parade Pa*rade", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Parading.] [Cf. F. parader.] 1. To exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off. Parading all her sensibility. --Byron. 2. To assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops.