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"Desfile" is a noun which is often translated as "parade", and "cabalgata" is a noun which is also often translated as "parade". Learn more about the difference between "desfile" and "cabalgata" below.
desfile(
dehs
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fee
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leh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (public celebration)
a. parade
Más de doscientas escuelas de samba participan en el desfile del carnaval de Río de Janeiro.More than two hundred samba schools take part in the Rio de Janeiro carnival parade.
El pueblo tuvo que suspender su desfile a causa de la lluvia.The town had to call off its parade because of the rain.
b. procession
Había miles de personas que se congregaban en el recorrido del desfile.There were thousands of people lining the route for the procession.
2. (military)
a. parade
La gente se agolpaba a ambos lados de la calle para ver el desfile militar.People crowded together on either side of the street to watch the military parade.
b. march-past
El desfile de las tropas fue solemne y transcurrió en el más absoluto silencio.The march-past by the troops was solemn and took place in absolute silence.
3. (fashion)
a. show
Ya elegieron a las modelos para el desfile.They already picked the models for the show.
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cabalgata(
kah
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bahl
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gah
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tah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (march)
a. parade
Este año habrá 30 carrozas en la cabalgata de Canaval.This year there will be 30 floats in the Carnival parade.
b. procession
Hay una cabalgata en la que los Reyes Magos les lanzan dulces a los niños.There's a procession in which the Three Kings throw candies to the children.
c. cavalcade (with vehicles or horses)
Una cabalgata de vehículos antiguos circuló por las calles de la capital.A cavalcade of old vehicles drove through the streets of the capital.
2. (horse riding)
a. ride
Los cuatro hicimos una buena cabalgata esta mañana.The four of us had a good ride this morning.
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