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 for Dress parade
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Parade \Pa*rade"\, n. [F., fr. Sp. parada a halt or stopping, an
     assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled
     to exercise, fr. parar to stop, to prepare. See Pare, v.
     1. The ground where a military display is held, or where
        troops are drilled. Also called parade ground.
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     2. (Mil.) An assembly and orderly arrangement or display of
        troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions
        before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades
        are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or
        company), according to the force assembled.
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     3. Hence: Any imposing procession; the movement of any group
        of people marshaled in military order, especially a
        festive public procession, which may include a marching
        band, persons in varied costume, vehicles with elaborate
        displays, and other forms of entertainment, held in
        commemoration or celebration of an event or in honor of a
        person or persons; as, a parade of firemen; a Thanksgiving
        Day parade; a Memorial Day parade; a ticker-tape parade.
              In state returned the grand parade.   --Swift.
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     4. Hence: A pompous show; a formal or ostentatious display or
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              Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade. --Swift.
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     5. Posture of defense; guard. [A Gallicism.]
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              When they are not in parade, and upon their guard.
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     6. A public walk; a promenade.
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     Dress parade, Undress parade. See under Dress, and
     Parade rest, a position of rest for soldiers, in which,
        however, they are required to be silent and motionless.
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     Syn: Ostentation; display; show.
     Usage: Parade, Ostentation. Parade is a pompous
            exhibition of things for the purpose of display;
            ostentation now generally indicates a parade of
            virtues or other qualities for which one expects to be
            honored. "It was not in the mere parade of royalty
            that the Mexican potentates exhibited their power."
            --Robertson. "We are dazzled with the splendor of
            titles, the ostentation of learning, and the noise of
            victories." --Spectator.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dress \Dress\, n.
     1. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the
        body; clothes; garments; habit; apparel. "In your
        soldier's dress." --Shak.
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     2. A lady's gown; as, silk or a velvet dress.
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     3. Attention to apparel, or skill in adjusting it.
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              Men of pleasure, dress, and gallantry. -- Pope.
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     4. (Milling) The system of furrows on the face of a
        millstone. --Knight.
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     Dress parade (Mil.), a parade in full uniform for review.
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