A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.
— Ambrose Bierce

The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
— Wallace Stevens

They are, as it were, train-bearers in the pageant of life, and hold a glass up to humanity, frailer than itself. We see ourselves at second-hand in them: they show us all that we are, all that we wish to be, and all that we dread to be. What brings the resemblance nearer is, that, as they imitate us, we, in our turn, imitate them. There is no class of society whom so many persons regard with affection as actors.
— William Hazlitt

I spent a lot of time with a crown on my head. On her beauty pageant days
— Halle Berry

Being in a pageant is not just about beauty. It's more about service to the community and being a role model and making a difference. It's being proud of your city. It's all what you put into it...
— Chantel Giamanco