Parades, Role of

Modern parades find their roots in ancient history and specifically in Ancient Greece’s drill, which allowed for the moving of large numbers of soldiers without losing them and, at the same time, aided in keeping control over undisciplined, and sometimes frightened, men. Discipline and organized units were, at that time, considered indispensable for the preservation of troops. Thus, the phalanx, from which parade formations originate, allowed commanders to move, command, and preserve troops, both on the way to the battlefield and when combat started. In addition, the organization of phalanxes in files and ranks ensured cohesion and mutual protection for hoplites, or foot soldiers. Perfectly organized troops marching toward the enemy with determination was also a good way to inspire terror in the facing ranks.

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