What stopped this nation in its tracks was the Miss Universe pageant.
The whole point of being a pageant queen is to trot around in your bikini to be ogled at while feigning sexual naiveté.
Perhaps the most outrageous aspect of those who claim to be "child advocates" is that they have never been to a pageant.
Benjamin Sarlin talks to the pageant's organizer, who slams the critics' "ignorance."
The miniature man in his 50s who is funding the pageant has his makeup done at a funeral parlor.
Nor needed it the pageant of Summer to transport this poet thither.
The pageant had been brilliant, as one may read in the chronicles of the time.
The pageant may be the happy means of bringing the whole town together.
Are these young people attracted to any thing but the music and the pageant?
The pageant of sunset lingers for a moment, and then vanishes beneath of the pall of the swiftly-falling night.
late 14c., "play in a cycle of mystery plays," from Medieval Latin pagina, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin pagina "page of a book" (see page (n.1)) on notion of "manuscript" of a play.
But an early sense in Middle English also was "stage or scene of a play" (late 14c.) and Klein says a sense of Latin pagina was "movable scaffold" (probably from the etymological sense of "stake"). With excrescent -t as in ancient (adj.). Generalized sense of "showy parade, spectacle" is first attested 1805, though this notion is found in pageantry (1650s).