Don’t rain on my parade

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The idiom don’t rain on my parade became popular in the 1960s, though its roots go back further. We will examine the meaning of the idiomatic phrase don’t rain on my parade, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Don’t rain on my parade is an admonishment to not ruin someone’s enthusiasm, to not put a damper upon the proceedings, to not spoil someone’s fun. The phrase don’t rain on my parade gained popularity in the 1960s when a song by the same name was performed in the stage musical, Funny Girl. Bob Merrill and Jule Styne wrote the music and lyrics for the production about the comedienne, Fanny Brice. Many believe this is the sole origin of the expression don’t rain on my parade, but the phrase rain on the parade used as an idiom may be found as early as 1912, published in the Schenectady Gazette.


Don’t rain on my parade: Curtin Liberal hopeful Celia Hammond described LGBT rainbow stickers as ‘divisive’ (The West Australian)

“Rain or shine, we always say as gays, ‘don’t rain on my parade’,” said Caleb, a Londoner spending his second year at the Pride parade. (Global News)

So, if you happen to see someone decorating really early for Christmas, don’t rain on their parade and tell them it is too soon for the trees and lights. (The Inquisitr)

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