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1Military. A long march on the road undertaken by troops, now especially as a military exercise.
2A Calypso tune or march intended to accompany the street parade of a costumed carnival band; (as a mass noun) these as a musical genre.
3The parading of such a band through the streets, typically with a carnival crowd following.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal. From road + march.
road march/ˈrəʊd ˌmɑːtʃ/
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