- a procession of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc.
- any procession.
- any noteworthy series, as of events or activities.
1591, via M.Fr., from It. cavalcata, from cavalcare "to ride on horseback," from V.L. *caballicare, from L. caballus (see cavalier). Literally, "a procession on horseback," in 20c. -cade came to be regarded as a suffix and taken to form motorcade (1913), etc.
"At first I had wanted to say that it was hideous, sinister even, but the pit's engineered tiers, industrialized terra-cotta complexion, and crimson water have a hard-won refinement, like western art scenes of dusty cavalcades and buffalo runs."
- Kea Krause, "What's Left Behind", The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016