From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
   1. The ground where a military display is held, or where
      troops are drilled. Also called parade ground.
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   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.
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   3. Hence: Any imposing procession; the movement of any group
      of people marshaled in military order, especially a
      festive public procession, which may include a marching
      band, persons in varied costume, vehicles with elaborate
      displays, and other forms of entertainment, held in
      commemoration or celebration of an event or in honor of a
      person or persons; as, a parade of firemen; a Thanksgiving
      Day parade; a Memorial Day parade; a ticker-tape parade.

            In state returned the grand parade.   --Swift.
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   4. Hence: A pompous show; a formal or ostentatious display or
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            Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade. --Swift.
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   5. Posture of defense; guard. [A Gallicism.]
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            When they are not in parade, and upon their guard.
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   6. A public walk; a promenade.
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   Dress parade, Undress parade. See under Dress, and

   Parade rest, a position of rest for soldiers, in which,
      however, they are required to be silent and motionless.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Parading all her sensibility.         --Byron.
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   2. To assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or
      march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Parade \Pa*rade"\, v. i.
   1. To make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by
      walking in a public place.
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   2. To assemble in military order for evolutions and
      inspection; to form or march, as in review or in a public
      celebratory parade[3].
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