A parade is a procession of people, usually organized along a street, often in costume, and often accompanied by marching bands, floats, or sometimes large balloons. Parades are held for a wide range of reasons, but are usually celebrations of some kind. In British English, the term 'parade' is usually reserved for either military parades or other occasions where participants march in formation; for celebratory occasions, the word procession is more usual.[citation needed] In the Canadian Forces, the term also has several less formal connotations.[1]

Protest demonstrations can also take the form of a parade, but such cases are usually referred to as a march instead.