->''When I was a young boy\\
My father took me into the city\\
To see a marching band\\
He said, "Son, when you grow up\\
Would you be the savior of the broken,\\
The beaten and the damned?"\\
He said, "Will you defeat them,\\
Your demons and all the non-believers,\\
The plans that they have made?\\
Because one day, I'll leave you\\
A phantom to lead you in the summer\\
To join the Black Parade.''

''The Black Parade'' is a RockOpera ConceptAlbum by the rock band Music/MyChemicalRomance, released on October 23, 2006. It tells the story of a terminally ill cancer patient (known simply as "The Patient") and the last thoughts and visions that go through his head as he lies dying in a hospital. When death arrives for him, it appears to him as a parade, recalling the fondest memory he has of his past.

With a grandiose epic sound influenced by {{Emo|Music}}, ProgressiveRock, PopPunk, PostHardcore, and GlamRock, ''The Black Parade'' gained the attention of a larger audience than the band's earlier releases and was featured in several lists of the best albums of 2006 as well as the 2000s.
!! Tracklist:
# "The End" (1:52)
# "Dead!" (3:15)
# "This is How I Disappear." (3:59)
# "The Sharpest Lives" (3:20)
# "Welcome to the Black Parade." (5:11)
# "I Don't Love You." (3:58)
# "House of Wolves." (3:04)
# "Cancer" (2:22)
# "Mama" (4:39)
# "Sleep" (4:43)
# "Teenagers" (2:41)
# "Disenchanted" (4:55)
# "Famous Last Words" (4:59)
# "[[HiddenTrack Blood]]" (2:53)
!! ''House of Tropes'':
%%* ArenaRock: Seems to be their attempt at this.
* AutoTune: Subtly used in "Cancer".
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Pretty much the entire aesthetic of this record. Taken {{Up To Eleven}} in the music video for Famous Last Words.
* ConceptAlbum: See the description above.
* CrapsackWorld: The afterlife, as portrayed here, isn't very pretty. Neither is the world the Patient has left behind.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Several songs imply that the Patient was a soldier, and is still haunted by it.
* DemBones: On the album cover, and some skeletal musicians who are a part of the narrative.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The WTTBP music video set looked very eerily like Ground Zero.
* TheEnd: The title of the opening track.
* FamousLastWords: The powerful ending track.
** And of course the last stanza of the eponymous song, which wraps the album up quite nicely:
--> ''I am not afraid to keep on living\\
I am not afraid to walk this world, alone\\
Honey, if you stay, I'll be forgiven\\
Nothing you can say can stop me going home.''
* {{Gothic Punk}}: Plays as some kind of Emo, Burtonesque, 1970's rock opera. The Patient fits gothic tropes by being a flawed hero, one who recognizes his horrible faults on death's door, and is thus unable to make peace with his former lover and his mother, and on "Disenchanted he ultimately makes peace with himself, and dies in a penitent state, in the grand tradition of many tragic heroes. That's one way to interpret the story.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[invoked]] "Dead!" is a hilarious and upbeat song with many a [[ActuallyPrettyFunny clever]] [[BrutalHonesty insult]] to someone soon to be dead... [[DudeNotFunny then you remember that the album is about]] [[UnacceptableTargets a terminally ill cancer patient.]]
** [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown "No one ever had much nice to say; I think they never liked you anyway"]] - not a pleasant line to hear when you've just kicked the bucket.
** However, most of the songs seem to be from the dying patient's perspective. The context of these lyrics is different if [[HeroicSelfDeprecation the patient is saying these things to himself.]] If you look at it that way, it's much sadder, as it sounds like he's trying to tell himself that he sucked in life and has convinced himself that nobody should miss him too much when he's gone.
** The Black Parade itself seems to recall a happy memory, but the actual parade itself is grim and bleak, with the marching band dressed in full black and the procession carrying creepy standards.
* HiddenTrack: "Blood."
* LargeHam: This album isn't so much "over the top" as it is "not on the planet any more" - and deliciously so. For example, not even a minute and a half into the album, Gerard Way sounds like he has a seizure with the lyric "when I grow up, I want to be '''''NOTHING AT ALL!'''''"
* LastSecondWordSwap: From "The Sharpest Lives"-- Not exactly a word swap, but it still changed the meaning.
-->I've really been
-->On a bender and it shows,
-->So why don't you blow me...
-->... A kiss before she goes?
* LyricalDissonance: About half the album, but especially "Dead!", whose main chorus line is "Have you heard the news that you're dead?" set to incredibly upbeat, over-the-top music.
* MadeOfExplodium: Apparently every instrument and amp in the "I Don't Love You" music video.
* MoodWhiplash: "[[TrueArtIsAngsty House of Wolves]]" is followed by "[[TearJerker Cancer]]" is followed by "Mama".
* {{Nightmare Fuel}}: The whole album, but Sleep and Mama particularly stands out for their nightmarish levels of intensity.
* NoNameGiven: The Patient.
* PostApocalypticGasmask: Specifically in the music video for ''Welcome To The Black Parade''. Mother War is also depicted in a Victorian-esque dress and a gasmask.
* PowerPop: The genre of "Dead!", as an homage to Music/CheapTrick, Music/ElectricLightOrchestra, and Music/TheCars.
* ProgressiveRock: A big influence on the album, along with GlamRock.
* RockOpera: The album tells the story of an unnamed dying cancer patient and his experiences in the afterlife as he encounters various spirits and memories.
* ShoutOut:
** "The End" = [[Music/TheWall "In The Flesh"]]/[[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars "Five Years"]].
** [[Music/TheBeatles A band dons a new persona, dresses like a marching band, makes an album that is both largely different from their earlier works and a twist on the genres the album is labeled as...]] [[http://www.blender.com/guide/new/54310/black-parade.html This review]] of the album didn't call it the "''[[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]]'' of screamo" for nothing.
* {{Something Completely Different}}: "House of Wolves" returns them to their old "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" sound.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "The End" and "Dead!".
* TallPoppySyndrome: MCR was criticized for attempting to rise above their station with this album, as it was apparently ''too good''.
* TeensAreMonsters: "Teenagers".
* WarIsHell: "Mama," a darkly hyperoperatic track that deals with the horrors of war faced by all the spirits.
* WildMassGuessing: The mysterious way in which the band began promoting the album led to this, resulting in a forest of EpilepticTrees.
* YourDaysAreNumbered:
** The second track states that the Patient has "maybe just two weeks to live".
** In "Mama", it's stated "raise your glass high, for tomorrow we die".
* YouWontFeelAThing: In "Disenchanted":
--> It was a lie when they smiled and said you won't feel a thing