Definition of on parade in English:

on parade

phrase

  • 1Taking part in a parade:

    ‘the men of the company stood on parade’
    • ‘A flag-raising ritual and presentation of wreaths were held to mark the occasion while the members of the 28th Infantry Battalion performed military drills on parade.’
    • ‘The parade saw more than 1,500 reservists on parade watched by an audience of several thousand in the Horse Guards arena.’
    • ‘The recruits are on parade in their billet.’
    • ‘After the banner was marched into position on the parade ground, the four full guards on parade fired volleys in the ripple-effect drill movement known as Fieu de Joie or Joy of Sound.’
    • ‘The dispute took its toll on the state opening of parliament with the number of troops on parade halved yesterday to 520 as soldiers were deployed on fire duties.’
    1. 1.1 On public display:
      ‘politicians are always on parade’
      • ‘When the Secretary of State is asleep, on holiday, or feels that this is not a moment of maximum advantage, then the lower ranks are on parade.’
      • ‘The climax is heavy handed with Christ-like poses and other vignettes of human misery on parade.’
      • ‘A total of six elephants broke free from their handlers while they were on parade at an amusement park.’
      • ‘Homesewn designs of the new millennium have been on parade this week in the four-day Bulgarian Fashion Forum which closes tonight.’
      • ‘Weather conditions were ideal and crowds of people lined the streets to watch the various floats on parade and enjoy the singing, dancing and entertainment.’