Pomp is a ceremonial display, such as you'd find at the Independence Day parade in your town, where brass bands and men and women in full military dress march to patriotic songs, while citizens wave flags and cheer.

Graduation ceremonies — with gowns, invocations, speeches, and the ceremonial conferring of degrees — are full of pomp. In fact, graduates traditionally march to a tune called "Pomp and Circumstance." Pomp used to be much more closely linked to the word pompous, or self-important, than it is now — an archaic meaning of pomp is over the top, ostentatious or vain.

Definitions of pomp
  1. noun
    cheap or pretentious or vain display
    synonyms: gaudery
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    type of:
    display, show
    something intended to communicate a particular impression
  2. noun
    ceremonial elegance and splendor
    synonyms: eclat
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    type of:
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
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