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hit parade

Any listing or inventory of the best or most popular persons or things in a given category. Anthony's bookshelves are a veritable hit parade of classic literature.
See also: hit, parade

parade of horribles

A series of many misdeeds or misfortunes. A: "Why did you leave your job?" B: "I can't even begin to talk about the parade of horribles that happened to me while I was working there." The recent news cycle has just been a parade of horribles, with one tragedy after the next.
See also: of, parade

rain on (one's) parade

To ruin one's plans or temper one's excitement. I hate to rain on your parade, but I think your A in chemistry was actually a clerical error. Mom really rained on our parade by chaperoning our school dance.
See also: on, parade, rain

parade by (someone)

to march past someone in a parade or as if in a parade. The soldiers paraded by the commander in chief. Looking quite sharp, they paraded by.
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parade (someone or an animal) out

to bring or march someone or an animal out in public. He parades his children out every Sunday as they go to church. He paraded out all his children.
See also: out, parade

parade someone or something in front of someone or something

to exhibit someone or something in front of someone or something, as if in a parade. One by one, the teacher paraded the honor students in front of the parents. The sheriff paraded the suspects in front of the camera. The sheriff paraded the suspects in front of the victim.
See also: front, of, parade

rain on someone's parade

 and rain on someone or something
Fig. to spoil something for someone. I hate to rain on your parade, but your plans are all wrong. She really rained on our plans.
See also: on, parade, rain

hit parade

A listing of the most popular or best items or individuals of some kind, as in The library has a veritable hit parade of videos. This expression dates from the 1930s, when it was the name of a weekly radio show featuring the most popular songs as indicated by record sales.
See also: hit, parade

rain on one's parade

Spoil one's plans, as in The minority party in the legislature has tried hard to rain on the speaker's parade, but so far his agenda has prevailed . This expression conjures up the image of a downpour ruining a celebration such as a parade. [c. 1900]
See also: on, parade, rain

rain on someone's parade

If someone rains on your parade, they do something which spoils your plans or spoils an event that you hoped to enjoy. To make sure that all goes according to plan and no one rains on his parade, the president's safari will stay clear of trouble spots. It's irritating that he could rain on my parade by stealing the record before me.
See also: on, parade, rain

rain on somone's parade

prevent someone from enjoying an occasion or event; spoil someone's plans. informal, chiefly North American
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ˌrain on somebody’s ˈparade

(American English) spoil something for somebody: Drugs again rained on the Olympics’ parade as another athlete tested positive for an illegal substance.
See also: on, parade, rain

rain on someone’s parade

and rain on someone/something
in. to spoil something for someone. I hate to rain on your parade, but your plans are all wrong.
See also: on, parade, rain
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Every year celebrities travel from across the nation to take part in our beloved tradition of America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van," said Tony Michaels, president & CEO, The Parade Company.
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Finally, turning to the present, Cahill's oration praises the massed ranks of Irish militiamen that had marched in the parade, and notes with pride the way in which the units paired the Irish with the American flag and saluted George Washington's statue as they marched by.
Keedy will provide leadership for the 119th Rose Parade and the 94th Rose Bowl Game on Tuesday, January 1, 2008.
This parade is great,'' said Regis Philbin, the honorary grand marshal, who said he remembered attending the Christmas parade back when he was a stagehand at a nearby television station.
Detroit Renaissance is proud to have been a part of the Freedom Festival heritage, and we are confident that The Parade Company, with its strong background in event management, will continue this tradition and make it an even greater success.
More than 130 Red Cross volunteers will participate in the 2007 Rose Parade first aid operations, making this the largest presence of Red Cross volunteers of any event in the nation each year.
This is going to be a huge event and a beautiful parade,'' said Chapman, who now works for Pratt & Whitney in Canoga Park.
These students represent the best and the brightest from Greater Detroit -- young people selected to march in the parade based on their attendance and their grades," according to Michigan Thanksgiving Parade President Kirk Hendrix.
We knew it would be big but not quite this big,'' said Ingrid Chapman, one of the parade organizers.
The Parade Company, producers of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade, has joined forces with leading Parade sponsor Art Van Furniture to launch this new program which is designed to further enhance the quality of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade.
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