Grand Marshal Allen Prell & the Commanding General's Honor Guard from Fort Riley
The Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in Lawrence, Kansas was founded in 1993, with 21 horse drawn vehicles as the "Eldridge Hotel Old Fashioned Christmas Parade." It is the only exclusively "horse" parade in Kansas and one of very few in the United States. The 25th annual parade will be Saturday, December 2, 2017.
These photographs are from the 2012 parade when 113 entries took 50 minutes to pass the reviewing stands. One of the nice features of this large parade is that there are multiple reviewing stands with their own announcers and sound systems.
Participation in the parade is limited to horse drawn vehicles only with a limited number of outriders. All outriders are supposed to be dressed in costume to match the entry, but that rule wasn't always followed. With few exceptions, the horse drawn entries ar authentic and/or high wheel type (no balloon tires or pneumatic wheeled vehicles).
Riding group entries are limited and only applicants that
have at least six riders in the group and have a unique appeal are considered
copyright 2012-2016 by Keith Stokes