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A parade[link]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parade PARADE[/link] is a procession of people, usually organized along a street, often in costume, and often accompanied by marching bands, floats or sometimes large balloons. Parades are held for a wide range of reasons, but are usually celebrations of some kind. In Britain the term parade is usually reserved for either military parades or other occasions where participants march in formation; for celebratory occasions the word procession is more usual. In the Canadian Forces the term also has several less formal connotations Whether it’s Independence Day, Founders Day or just the second Saturday in August, small town main streets come alive all over this country with parades full of off-key Sousa, souped up cars and local Beauty Queen contenders. The origin of the parade has its roots in the military and politics. Generations of rulers have projected their power through displays of strength and trepidation, going back to humanity’s first civilizations. Parade revelers and participants put on masks and costumes, dance provocatively, and ignore social conventions during the celebratory weeks of the festivities. Military parades starkly contrast with the festive carnivals. Military parades often feature disciplined marching with historical salutes and drills.
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