parade in front of

parade in front of (someone or something)

1. To walk, march, or pass by someone or something in a showy, ostentatious fashion, typically to flaunt something or gain others' attention. He kept parading in front of my desk trying to get me to notice his brand new Rolex watch. Ugh, I hate the way they parade in front of our school like that after they win a football game.
2. To flaunt or exhibit someone or something in a showy, ostentatious fashion in front of someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "parade" and "in." My dad always tried to parade me in front of his boss when I went to work with him. I guess he wanted to show he was a family man.
See also: front, of, parade
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Calderhead High School pupil Mackenzie Forrest, from Shotts, said: "It was an incredible experience being in New York and taking part in the parade in front of so many people.
Punters at Redcar Racecourse fell silent on Sunday as veterans joined present-day servicemen and women, as well as cadets, for the parade in front of the grandstand.
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Staff and pupils at the Aigburth school have been working hard perfecting their costumes and planned a full run-through of their carnival parade in front of the city's first citizen.
Aintree has constructed a walkway, to which the first four in each race will be led back as far as the water jump, and they will then parade in front of the stands before returning to the winner's enclosure.
Other troupe favorites include the Gypsies Troupe, the Traditional Indians, the Clowns, and Hugga Bunch, who boldly parade in front of fans and judges in a blaze of vivid color and dance patterns.
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