But anyway, the politicians who ran it were short of torch-bearers, and anybody who would parade could get drunk if he wanted to.
Parade first, and earn your booze, was the order of the night.
Nelson and I were hustled out of a saloon, and found ourselves in the very last rank of a disorderly parade.
It might not be much harm on parade
, except to worry and fatigue them; but how would it be in a bayonet charge against the enemy, when they want the free use of every muscle, and all their strength thrown forward?
I'll teach you to dress the men in fancy coats for a parade
I'm coming to the parade to-morrow in my dog-cart," she said.
My tail's all muddy, and he'll have two hours' hard work dressing me for parade.
The housekeeper -- dressed to perfection, as usual, in a quiet, lavender-colored summer gown, a black mantilla, an unassuming straw bonnet, and a crisp blue veil -- escorted her invalid master with the tenderest attention; sometimes directing his notice respectfully to the various objects of the sea view; sometimes bending her head in graceful acknowledgment of the courtesy of passing strangers on the Parade
, who stepped aside to let the invalid pass by.
It was the conventional, rather tawdry kind of erection for its purpose: a flattened dome or canopy, gilt here and there, and lifted on six slender pillars of painted wood, the whole being raised about five feet above the parade on a round wooden platform like a drum.
For some reason or other the platform had given way under Father Brown, and the unfortunate little man had dropped through to the level of the parade.
Thus the aged form advanced on one side, and the whole parade
of soldiers and magistrates on the other, till, when scarcely twenty yards remained between, the old man grasped his staff by the middle, and held it before him like a leader's truncheon.
Our natures had adapted themselves to circumstances, and we no longer pined for the luxuries of the linum usitatissimum, but were ready to enter into all the pleasures of our new existence; which we well understood was to be one of pure parade
, for no handkerchief of our quality was ever employed on any of the more menial offices of the profession.