roll out the red carpet

To roll out the red carpet is the act of rolling out a red carpet literally for someone very important to walk on. Figuratively, this means to give royal treatment to someone who deserves this type of treatment such as a political figure, actual royalty, celebrity or other important person. Red carpets were originally rolled out for royalty such as Kings and Queens as a sign of respect. It is now often used for celebrities or other types of public figures.