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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.
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

JOURNALISM
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.
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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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They'll lead the Atlanta pride parade under aliases.
Patrick's Day parades, playing the roles of both the Goddess of Liberty and the Maid of Erin.
Making the parades more accessible, Metro Transit will offer free bus and train rides from 4 to 8 p.
The Tournament of Roses Association estimates that 50 million Americans watch the parade on TV.
Pride in Jerusalem is the only parade in Israel and maybe the only pride in the world in which there are speakers in Arabic and cultural and social events in Arabic," Sattath says.
Organizers had not yet picked a theme when they canceled this year's parade.
Thus began the dream of a parade float hall of fame and the birth of American Celebration on Parade.
For the Lancaster parade, traffic will be blocked on several Lancaster streets starting at 8 a.
The Circus Parade Showgrounds, along Milwaukee's 60 acre lakefront Veterans Park, include Royal Hanneford Circus performances, camel and elephant rides, children's rides, antique band organ concerts, a petting zoo, wagon displays and new this year, Wild West and Clown Shows Tuesday July 10 - Saturday, July 14.
We're getting out of the council meeting early so we can participate in the parade downtown.
You still have a chance to experience some inaugural pageantry even if you didn't make it to the parade or one of the many balls.
Bill Lofthouse, owner of Phoenix and now working on his 48th parade, said float budgets can range from $75,000 for a small (35-foot) float with minimal animation to $300,000 for a major effort.
Hopper, who will ride aboard a classic convertible with his 10-year-old son, Henry, will be the first of nearly 100 celebrities to offer holiday greetings to television viewers nationwide, as well as one million fans along the two-mile Parade route beginning at the famed Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
color) A musical version of ``A Christmas Carol'' opens tonight at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center as the holiday season gets going in earnest in the Antelope Valley, with three parades this weekend.
We received more than 130,000 entries this year and awarded the parades to entrants who most creatively displayed the spirit of their hometown, proving they have Mickey's `can do' spirit.