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cavalcade

Postby eberntson » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:51 am

cavalcade

a formal procession of people walking, on horseback, or riding in vehicles:
the royal cavalcade proceeded through the city

Origin:

late 16th century (denoting a ride or raid on horseback): from French, from Italian cavalcata, from cavalcare 'to ride', based on Latin caballus 'horse'

SRC: OED

I like this word, always assumed it was a more festive event. I often use it in reference to a scene in a movie where they present a series of faces of characters, or the hall of mirror at a carnival. Could one use it in reference to a funeral procession?

Also, Merriam Webster gave it a Greek root.
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Re: cavalcade

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:31 pm

Many want to put an L before the v: calvacade, just as they do to turn cavalry into calvary. No no no no NO!
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Re: cavalcade

Postby William Hupy » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:16 am

It seems to me that this word was used frequently in the 1940s to describe, for instance, a "cavalcade of stars" appearing for war bond drives.
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Re: cavalcade

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:42 pm

Jackie Gleason had an early TV variety program titled Cavalcade of Stars in the 1950 time frame. I barely remember it. There were no horses on it. Very little TV was available in the hinterlands in 1950.

Yes, Calvacade is much easier to say than Cavalcade.
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