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A Victory Parade is a way of showing all or most of the characters who appear in a Mario game. It is akin to the cast roll from from Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario World, where screens show all the characters or enemies in the game.
Parades are most often seen at the end of RPG games.
Luigi, in his only appearance in the game leads the parade (aside from his wish being seen at Star Hill) shown at the staff credits at the end of the game. These characters appear in the following order:
At the end, during the credits, a parade is shown similar to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Luigi leads the parade (which was implied to be the "top secret" important business that he alluded to earlier when leaving Mario). Six Toads walk by with trumpets, drums, and flags. Afterward, the Star Ship goes by with all of Mario's partners - Goombario, Kooper, Bombette, Parakarry, Lady Bow, Watt, Sushie, and Lakilester - on it. Three female Toads walk by, followed by Chuck Quizmo and Vanna T.
The Koopa Bros. come by next on a car that resembles the fake Bowser. Four Bob-ombs explode on them. In the background, a lake goes by with the whale, with Kolorado and his wife on its back. Moustafa and some mice meet up with Rowf and Rhuff, while Tutankoopa is being chased by a Chomp, and escapes it. Buzzar and his mountain fly by, and three eggs in Buzzar's nest hatch. As Bootler comes onscreen, Tutankoopa is now being chased by three Chomps. Tubba Blubba appears to be floating through the air, but is really being carried by Boos. Tubba's Heart chases after his body. A tree goes by with Goomba King stuck in it, and the Goomba Bros. circling around it. Goomba King falls out of the tree.
Lavalava Island goes by, with the Yoshis on it, and Raphael the Raven and Lava Piranha (hardly smaller than the volcano) alternately peeking around the corner of the volcano. The five Yoshi kids jump off the island as Huff N. Puff and Gourmet Guy appear. The Yoshis attack them with their tongues, shrinking Huff N. Puff. Gourmet Guy pulls out a knife and fork and chases Huff N. Puff, trying to eat him. Crystal King appears, but another Crystal King reveals him as a Duplighost, only to be revealed as a Duplighost by the real Crystal King, who is then carried away by his Crystal Bits. Jr. Troopa and Kammy Koopa fight using magic. Bowser and some Hammer Bros. and Koopatrols go by. Bowser is in his Koopa Clown Car, and is caught in the crossfire of Jr. Troopa and Kammy Koopa's battle. As they go offscreen, he attacks them, burning them both as they come flying back onscreen.
It is now nighttime. The seven Star Spirits go by on their own car. Mayor Penguin, his wife, and two more penguins go by, followed by a band of Toads, two Amazy Dayzees, and then a car with the Ancients - Merlon, Merlee, Merluvlee, Merlow, Merle, and Madam Merlar, as well as Wise Wisterwood, with the Sun circling it. After two Bub-ulbs walk by, the Shy Guy with the flag walks by, after him a stage with General Guy, four Groove Guys, and two Shy Guys (from the Shy Squad) dancing on it appears. Twelve more Shy Guys walk by, and following up, the fifteenth Shy Guy (the straggler). Afterward, the six Toads with the trumpets, drums, and flags walk by again (with their spots flashing), and finishing up, a car with Mario and Princess Peach on it. Twink briefly appears before Mario and Peach walk to Mario's house to watch the fireworks, a large The End appears and zooms to the bottom, and the fireworks continue until the player turns off the N64 or Wii.
This parade differs greatly from the previous two. As the credits are shown at the end of the game, while images of the game are being shown, the characters walk by in silhouette. Among the characters that walk by are Luigi, Goombella, Professor Frankly, Toadsworth, Zess T., Merlon, Merluvlee, Merlee, various enemies, Toads, and minor characters, Koops, Koopie Koo, Koopley, Kroop, Toadette, Dupree, Flurrie, Punio, Petuni, the Puni Elder, Puniper, Punies, a Jabbi, Jabble, several of the Piantas (likely Don Pianta, Frankie, Francesca, and either Tony or Vinny), Yoshi, Jolene, Prince Mush, Grubba (both his Grubba and Macho Grubba forms walk by separately), Bowser, Kammy Koopa, Doopliss, Beldam, Marilyn, Vivian, Admiral Bobbery, Flavio, Pa-Patch, Lord Crump, Ms. Mowz, Goldbob, Sylvia, Bub, Ratooey, Heff T., Toadia, the waitress, Zip Toad, Chef Shimi, the mayor of Fahr Outpost, General White, and Sir Grodus. Mario and Princess Peach are the last to appear.
In addition, during the pictures of the boss encounters, several bigger bosses or minibosses briefly appear onscreen (shadowed, like the others). These are Blooper, Hooktail, Magnus von Grapple, Cortez, Smorg, Magnus von Grapple 2.0, and Shadow Queen. Shadow Queen appears around the same time as Mario and Peach.
After the Sticker Fest cutscene at the end, a parade happens, the parade is led by a Green Toad (or Luigi, if the player finds him all five times in the game) and two other Toads, the first float is the Sticker Fest stage, with 3 toads, then the World 1 float comes, the two bent Toads and the windmill are on it, then Goomba Fortress float comes up, the cannons shoot, and two Goombas come up.
The gate opening to World 2 comes next, with two Spinies holding it, the next floats combines the first three levels of World 2, with the Yoshi Sphinx, the graves, two Pokeys and the Paratroopa squad, the next float is Drybake Stadium, the roof has the Toad from Damp Oasis.
World 4 follows with a float with Cooligans and The Enigmansion with the Pink Toad and the Grayscale Toad, then the Big Boo pops up on the top of it. Three carts appear, one is pink and has Birdo on it.
The parade shifts to night time, and Kamek leads the Koopa Troop, the first to appear are Buzzy Beetles. Then a float with a glowing version of the five main bosses appear, a Hammer Bro Boomerang Bro, Fire Bro and Ice Bro follow Bowser and Bowser Jr's airship float, then, eight glowing Toads hold the achievement flags to follow the final float, a glowing sticker comet float with Mario, Princess Peach and Kersti. The parade ends with three red toads. The camera zooms up to the The End text and the book closes, the lights turn off, and music plays until the player press the button.
After completing the game, Mario can go back to Decalburg's Sticker Fest area and talk to the Purple Toad, which will allow him to watch the parade again.
The parade in this game begins with two Toads holding a banner with a Big Paint Star on the front with Luigi riding in his Standard Kart (if Luigi hasn't been found in all six spaces yet, the Toads hold a banner showing how many times the player found Luigi). Then following along is all five leaders of the Rescue Squad V alongside the Port Prisma float, featuring many Red Toads and all five Big Paint Stars forming a big wheel. Eventually, a rainbow forms behind them and fireworks go off as the wheel starts spinning and the Toads dance.
In the next part led by the Chosen Toads and a spinning Tea Cup with two Shy Guys is a float based on Ruddy Road, with the cafe on the wheel that is being spun by a Paint Guy on the wheel. A Shy Guy inside another teacup holds food and sucks it, breathing fire which summons Draggadon, scaring the Shy Guy. He follows on a float based on the volcano levels, with the hot springs from Redpepper Crater and the three Toads inside as well and a Shy Guy looking at them.
The Sunset Express follows on with many carriages. The first carriage has various Toads sitting on the seats, the next carriage has two Toads using the Salt & Pepper and the Lemon things on the Steak, which the Toads from the first carriage eat up. The last carriage has some Spikes and Spinies balancing on a hexagonal puzzle. Then, out of nowhere, a Big Thwomp destroys the hexagons and the Spikes and Spinies fall off.
The next float is based on the Mountain levels, with two Toads waving and two Shy Guys rolling rocks down the slope. As two Yellow Shy Guys hold giant pillars, the three Chain Chomp powered chariots with two Snifits and the Koopa Troopa rush through, along with Princess and the Toad Professor rolling down catching up with them.
Next up is an enemy parade, starting with various sized Goombas which the wild Yoshis from The Emerald Circus chase. Also from this level is a upside down Shy Guy, two Juggler Bros. and two Shy Guys on rings. As the parade changes the Snifit from Snifit or Whiffit appears alongside other Snifits cheering on.
After that, the parade shifts to night time, and what appears to be colorless Dry Bones and Shy Guys leads the way alongside some Boos, but then Kamek uses magic to turn lights on them on, revealing their color. The float coming up is a glowing float with all the Koopalings on. Then, coming from the bottom, is the Airship, carrying Bowser, who is riding in the Koopa Clown Car. Then, at the end, Toads carrying the Super Flags lead on to the final float, which is the boat from the beginning of the game, carrying Toad and Princess Peach. Mario then comes out and talks to Peach as fireworks go off. Then, Toad and Peach head into the float with Mario looking out for a bit. He gives the player a thumbs up as the float vanishes.
At the end of the game, Toadette leads a Papercraft Parade. The Papercrafts, which have Toadette, Mario, Luigi, Paper Mario, Starlow, Princess Peach, and Paper Peach on them, start in Sunbeam Plains, and soon enter Doop Doop Dunes, where they encounter and defeat a Papercraft Goomba. Nabbit runs past, and Megacrinkle Goomba appears and is defeated. The group enters Twinsy Tropics, where three Lakitus pass by, followed by rainbow trails. A Papercraft Spike is encountered and defeated. Nabbit runs by again, holding a melon and getting chased by a Yoshi. They enter Gloomy Woods, where a Papercraft Boo is encountered and defeated. A group of Fly Guys appears, but are chased away by Flutter, and are followed by Papercraft King Boo. The Papercraft enter Mount Brrr, where Nabbit runs past with the melon again, chased by a group of Yoshis. He trips, allowing the Yoshis to collect the melon. Papercraft Bowser Jr. appears and runs away, and is followed by Papercraft Kamek. The Papercrafts enter Bowser's Castle, defeating a group of Bullies, Mechakoopas, and a Broozer. Papercraft Bowser Jr. reappears and is defeated, followed by Papercraft Bowser. The group returns to Peach's Castle.