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There’s nothing like a parade to liven up humdrum everyday existence and add flair to the ordinary. Here are our top picks for places to go if you love a parade:
Just the word “parade” often evokes thoughts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held every November in New York City, which also plays hosts to several other parades throughout the year, marking occasions such as St. Patrick’s Day.
Brazil’s samba parades are so popular, they have a purpose-built stadium in Rio called the Sambadrome. Need I say more?
Chi-town’s calendar is marked by many parades — Thanksgiving, St. Paddy’s Day, Gay Pride among them — but one that is unique to Chicago is the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic held every August.
The Gay Pride Parade, and Caribbean Festival may be legendary, but Toronto’s oldest and best-loved parade is still the Santa Claus Parade, which is broadcast across Canada and around the world and has been held annually for over a century.
Boxing Day in the Bahamas is not spent loafing about in pajamas. Take part in Junkanoo, which is equal parts parade, masquerade, and dance party.
The Rose Parade is another post-Christmas tradition and why not make tracks for Pasadena and watch it in person for once? Get up close to all of the pageantry of the Tournament of Roses, with its marching bands, baton twirlers, floats festooned with fresh flowers, and of course the Rose Queen.
Shake off the winter blahs with a trip to Goa, India and its exuberant Carnival that lasts for days in February, with parades happening day and night
Spice Mas is a summer carnival like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Liven up your summer with Soca and Calypso beats, the ring of steel drums, colourful costumes, and as much dancing as you can handle.
In a twist on the traditional parade the Natchitoches Christmas Festival in Louisiana has a parade on the water. Boats are painstakingly and outlandishly decorated and form a procession on the water that dazzles visitors.
Part parade, part street party, Tweede Nuwe Jaar (second new year) on January 2nd features performers parading through the streets, however spectators also get in on the action making it jubilantly interactive.
If a formal, regimented affair is more to your liking, fly to London, England for the Trooping the Colour ceremony that takes place in June. A great deal of pomp and pageantry goes into the event, where each regiment of the British military parades its colour (flag) in front of the Queen.