pageant


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

pageant,

modern dramatic spectacle or procession celebrating a special occasion or an event in the history of a locality. In medieval times the word pageant had meant the wagon or the movable stage on which one scene of a mystery or miracle playmiracle play
or mystery play,
form of medieval drama that came from dramatization of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It developed from the 10th to the 16th cent., reaching its height in the 15th cent.
..... Click the link for more information.
 was performed. The pageant was built on wheels and consisted of two rooms, the lower one being used as a dressing room and the upper used as a stage. The word also referred to the complex wooden machine-structures built for the Tudor masquemasque,
courtly form of dramatic spectacle, popular in England in the first half of the 17th cent. The masque developed from the early 16th-century disguising, or mummery, in which disguised guests bearing presents would break into a festival and then join with their hosts in a
..... Click the link for more information.
. The modern form of the pageant came into general use in England and America since the production, in 1905, of L. N. Parker's Sherborne pageant in England. Pageants include such celebrations as the Mardi Gras and annual local festivals.

Pageant

 

a term used to designate a movable stage in the medieval theater used in presenting mysteries, miracle plays, and dramatic processions.

The pageant was a large wagon consisting of two levels. On the lower level the actors changed their costumes; on the upper level, which was provided with a curtain and primitive scenery, a scene or act from a play was presented. The pageant then moved on to a new site and the same scene was played again before a new group of spectators. Another wagon appeared, on whose stage the play was continued. The scenes followed one another in strict accordance with the play’s plot.

Pageants were popular in England and in other European countries. In the early 20th century the term was applied in Great Britain and the USA to theatrical performances using a movable stage.

REFERENCES

Gvozdev, A., and A. Piotrovskii. Istoriia evropeiskogo teatra. Moscow-Leningrad, 1931. Pages 415–62.
Parker, A. Pageants: Their Presentation and Production. London, 1954.
References in periodicals archive ?
For the first time, viewers from all over Australia will be able to watch the event live on GEM from 11am and local pageant fans can watch it on Channel Nine from 10.
The World is ready for a Pageant that EMPOWERS WOMEN!
Organizers of Miss Kazakhstan 2014 beauty pageant announced Wednesday the rules of the contest had been altered dramatically.
I WROTE in my last column back in May that I was very disappointed to hear Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant was planning to return to Ireland this September to hold a series of pageants for babies, toddlers and teenagers.
A woman stripped of her Miss Delaware title last month for being too old is suing state pageant officials and the Miss America organization.
com)-- The pageant is open to women 26 - 60 years of age - Single, Divorced or Married who are articulate, interesting, elegant and classy.
The Miss Earth 2013 pageant is taking place at the Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines on 7 December at 8 pm PHT (12 pm GMT).
The pageant started in 2003 to raise funds for charity projects that provide educational support.
Summary: "I do believe I am quite qualified to partake in the coming beauty pageant.
YOUNG women and teenagers in Coventry are being encouraged to enter the Miss Midlands Beauty Pageant.
A US TV network is to follow a beauty pageant boss as she brings two controversial children's contests to Ireland.
On this typical English summer's day in 1937 a pageant had been organised to raise funds for churches in Middlesbrough in an ambitious appeal for pounds 250,000 -almost the equivalent of pounds 12m in today's money.