The phrase ‘rain on (my) parade‘ is an idiom that means to have one’s enjoyable time be ruined by something, such as hearing disappointing news.
Origin Of ‘Rain On Your Parade’
It’s believed this phrase originated from a popular 1964 song called “Don’t Rain on my Parade,” written by Bob Merrill and composed by Jule Styne. I am unable to find the phrase in print from before that year, which suggests it originated around that time.
There are several newspapers from the year 1964 that reference the song. For example, in the Cumberland Evening Times of that year, a part in it reads:
“Composer Jule Stype and lyricist – Bob Merrill are at the top in their specialities, and they have provided several good songs . . . But they have let Miss Stresiand down in two vital numbers, ‘Don’t Rain on my Parade’ and ‘Who Are You Now?’ with the result that the show suffers.”
Later, the phrase started to be used figuratively. For instance, the following example is from a magazine called Mademoiselle, 1969:
“And the next day, when five members of Parliament drop into Boston unexpectedly, and the sound system for a dark dedication is lost en route, and it looks like it might rain on her parade, she’ll need that extra time.”
- I don’t want to rain on your parade, Carl, but I’m unsure if I’ll be at your brother’s wedding.
- I know you haven’t seen this movie yet, so I won’t rain on your parade by spoiling the ending.
- Not to be the bearer of bad news, but there are no more peanut butter cookies left in the container.
- After I got home from the store, it burst my bubble when I remembered I forgot cat litter.