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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.
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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.
See also: by, parade

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.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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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Clockwise from main, Cor y Brythoniaid, festivalgoers Meg Sklawski, Lizzie Short, Callum Metcalfe, Callum Porter-Jones and Joel Meadows, My Bloody Valentine lead singer Kevin Shields, lantern paraders Pics: ROBERT PARRY JONES
While hundreds of people will be taking part in the popular parade, even more will be turning out to watch as paraders move to the sound of the samba.
But by the late 1970s, when Skokie, Illinois, struggled legally to keep Nazi paraders off its streets, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals brushed off Beaubarnais as no longer good law and the Supreme Court left the Circuit's opinion undisturbed.
frequently off-limits after dark; protestors, paraders, and street
The paraders set off through the main street down Abergele Road, to the clock tower before turning into the shopping centre and up the one way system to the delight of onlookers.
During New Orleans' Mardi Gras Parades, the paraders throw mementos to the people on the street--the onlookers.
Every October, Galembo watches the paraders on Sixth Avenue in New York and keeps an eye out for the latest Halloween trends ("Michael Jackson and zombies last year," she notes).
When the paraders get to Central Park, the veterans, police and firefighters will form two columns, which the four representatives will march through to the flag raising ceremony, McNally said.
The argument concerned whether or not they were going to cross the street, which meant going through the paraders, through the marching flag wavers and baton twirlers and floats with muscle boys, to the east side of avenue.
But by the 1970s, it was carnival La Vega style, with its competing groups of colorfully garbed paraders known as compatio.
Several threads of paraders are converging on the plaza as we arrive, each marcher clutching a glowing paper lantern, so it looks like giant luminescent caterpillars are floating into place.
In Stockton, paraders will gather at Yarm Lane at 10.
To don the earthy coating, paraders jump into a gurgling pool of mud.
I nearly memorized George Barker's Noctambules, a now-forgotten poem that began, thrillingly in that era of persecution of homosexuals and near-blackout of gay writing, with the unforgettable words: "The gay paraders of the esplanade, the wanderers in time's shade .
Posing for the photographers and spectators who lined Constitution Avenue, the paraders drew attention to their silk hose by holding their skirts aloft; a twenty-piece band provided musical accompaniment.