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PROMENADE

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 435 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PROMENADE, a walk taken for exercise or more especially for social amusement, hence a road, drive or other public place laid out for the purpose, a parade. The French word promenade was formerly pourmenade, and came from pourmener, promener, to take for a walk, Late Latin prominare, to drive an animal out to pasture, from pro, forward, minare, to drive on with cries and threats (minae). " Promenade concerts," so called from the fact that the audience are free to walk about or " promenade," were first introduced from Paris to London in 1838 under the name of " promenade concerts a la Musard," after the concerts given by the French musician and conductor, Philippe Musard (1793-1859). They were given at the Lyceum Theatre (English Opera House).
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