Definition of on parade in English:

on parade

phrase

  • 1Taking part in a parade.

    ‘the men of the company stood 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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 recruits are on parade in their billet.’
    1. 1.1 On public display.
      ‘politicians are always on parade’
      • ‘A total of six elephants broke free from their handlers while they were on parade at an amusement park.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The climax is heavy handed with Christ-like poses and other vignettes of human misery on parade.’
      • ‘Homesewn designs of the new millennium have been on parade this week in the four-day Bulgarian Fashion Forum which closes tonight.’
      • ‘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.’