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Promenade Meaning Essay


(prŏm′ə-nād′, -näd′)

a. A leisurely walk, especially one taken in a public place as a social activity.

b. A public place for such walking.


a. A formal dance; a ball.

b. A march of all the guests at the opening of a ball.

3. A square-dance figure in which couples march counterclockwise in a circle.

4. In ballet, a slow supported turn on one foot.

v.prom·e·nad·ed, prom·e·nad·ing, prom·e·nades


1. To go on a leisurely walk.

2. To execute a promenade at a ball or in square dancing.


1. To take a promenade along or through: "[The] young women ... promenaded the streets in the cool of evening"(Charles Dickens).

2. To take or display on or as if on a promenade: promenade a friend; promenade one's charms.

[French, from promener, to take for a walk, from Latin prōmināre, to drive forward : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + mināre, to drive with shouts (from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men- in Indo-European roots).]

prom′e·nad′er n.



1. chieflyBrit a public walk, esp at a seaside resort

2. a leisurely walk, esp one in a public place for pleasure or display

3. USandCanadian a ball or formal dance at a high school or college

4. (Dancing) a marchlike step in dancing

5. (Dancing) a marching sequence in a square or country dance


6. to take a promenade in or through (a place)

7. (Dancing) (intr) dancing to perform a promenade

8. (tr) to display or exhibit (someone or oneself) on or as if on a promenade

[C16: from French, from promener to lead out for a walk, from Late Latin prōmināre to drive (cattle) along, from pro-1 + mināre to drive, probably from minārī to threaten]



(ˌprɒm əˈneɪd, -ˈnɑd)

n., v. -nad•ed, -nad•ing.n.

1. a stroll or walk, esp. in a public place.

2. an area used for such walking.

3. a march of guests into a ballroom opening a formal ball.

4. a march of dancers in square dancing.

5. a prom.


6. to go for or take part in a promenade.

7. to execute a promenade in square dancing.


8. to take a promenade through or about.

9. to display as in a promenade; parade.

[1560–70; < French, derivative of promener to lead out, take for a walk or airing < Latin promināre to drive (beasts) forward (prō-pro-1 + mināre to drive; see amenable); see -ade1]


The Carnival of Viareggio has taken place since 1873. It fills a month of day and night festivities with parades of allegorical floats, parties and masked balls.

The carnival is a competition between all the floats and masquerades, and at stake are the honour and livelihoods of many people. In a system rather like sporting leagues, in any two years whoever receives the least points is pushed into the category below, and whoever wins moves up a category.

  • The passeggiata, or promenade, of Viareggio where the procession takes place

Old newspapers never die in Viarregio

The main raw material of the carnival is papier-mâché. A local manufacturer, Antonio D’Arliano, was the first to make a sculpture for the carnival using the method in 1925.

There are four categories of float that make up the parade. First class, with nine giant floats, second class with four, the group masquerades of nine floats, and the single masquerades of 15 floats. The differences are in size, complexity and the budget available. It can take over six months to build the huge floats.

Sinibaldi was given behind-the-scenes access and photographed some of the floats being constructed. There are 16 hangars where the allegorical floats are built, overlooking a large elliptical square.

Fabrizio Galli is working on a float that is the allegorical sequel of the one that won last year. Once again, he takes inspiration from Michelangelo, but also from the contemporary painter Karol Bak and from the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, to say that only inner beauty, that of nature and that which can express itself in an artistic form is able to defeat the fear of what is different and alien

  • Workers create The Seed of Beauty by Fabrizio Galli

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