How the Phrase ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ Got Started

How the Phrase ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ Got Started

The Meaning and Origin of the Expression: Rain On Your Parade

To mention bad news or spoil someone’s fun; ruining a good time or giving negative information to someone who is otherwise happy.

Don't Rain On My ParadeThis phrase often appears as I hate to rain on your parade, but… and I’m sorry to rain on your parade, but…

The expression is believed to have originated from a popular 1960’s song titled Don’t Rain On My Parade from the musical Funny Girl. The song was written by Bob Merrill and composed by Jule Styne. There are no known instances of this term appearing anywhere in print prior to the 1964 song.

Some people argue that the phrase was in use before the 1964 Barbara Streisand song, but again, there is no recorded evidence of this to prove their argument.


“Not to rain on your parade, but Karen is sick and won’t be able to attend your party after all.”

“I don’t want to rain on your parade and spoil the end of the movie, but Kirk moves to Seattle and is never heard from again.”

Friend 1… “I can’t wait to go out on your boat to swim this weekend. The lake is going to be absolutely amazing.”
Friend 2… “Sorry to rain on your parade, but my dad hates the water and doesn’t let us swim. We only use the boat for fishing.”

Funny Girl Dont Rain On My ParadeFunny Girl 1964 Wintergarden Theatre Broadway Barbra Streisand

Barbara Streisand - Funny Girl - 1964Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif in William Wyler’s 1964 Funny Girl

Broadway Program Funny Girl 1964Funny Girl – Playbill Magazine Cover (

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