In Reply to: Jump on the band-wagon posted by Lewis on October 24, 2008 at 15:50:
: I've only just wondered when and where the phrase to 'jump on the band-wagon' - meaning to follow something after it has become successful - started.
: is it to do with parades and floats?
Yes. It is a literal term -- a wagon that carries a circus band through town. See http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/jump-on-the-bandwagon.html