pageantry

Pageantry is the grandeur that turns an event into an elaborate spectacle. The long ritual of a new queen's coronation is a good example of pageantry.

In contrast to the simplicity of a small wedding ceremony in a friend's back yard, a grand, expensive wedding might include such pageantry as a parade of bridesmaids in rainbow-colored gowns, followed by a mariachi band and the bride arriving on the back of an elephant. Pageantry comes from pageant, which today is a "showy spectacle or parade," but in Middle English meant "stage or scene of a play."

Definitions of pageantry
  1. noun
    a rich and spectacular ceremony
    synonyms: pageant
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    type of:
    ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
    a formal event performed on a special occasion
  2. noun
    an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
    synonyms: pageant
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    type of:
    representation
    an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent
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