Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

For 17 years, Lawrence, Kansas (home of the Jayhawks!) has hosted an Old Fashioned Christmas Parade. This was the first year I was able to attend. Requirements are that all entries are horse drawn wagons, carriages, or small buggies. Most all entrants dress in 1800’s fashion. There were about 70 entries this year, some from as far away as Minnesota and South Dakota.
Many of the wagons were drawn by draft horses. It was amazing how big they are up close. Their hooves are the size of dinner plates! Thousands of draft horses were imported from Western Europe into the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century. The ones we are most familiar with are the Clydesdales from Scotland and the Belgians from Belgium.

Enjoy this adventure with me, and know...... I am still the little girl who wants a pony. ( my back yard is pretty big, Mama!)

There were the very very big, and the very small!

This little burro was doing some turns and tricks at the intersection which won him some applause!



Denise @ said...

Hi Pat,
It's OA from the Holiday Forum. I love parades! I come from a small town and you know that parades are BIG in a SMALL town. Those horses are beautiful.
I am going to download a couple of your book suggestions into my Kindle.
How long have you been blogging?

Marlis said...

This is a most wonderful treat. I loved the photos of the parade. I think parades just put a smile on anyone's face.. The horses are beautiful. I hope you get your wish.

The Tablescaper said...

How neat. Looks like such a wonderful experience.

It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays. As these days turn from the Christmas Season to the Season of Winter, I hope you'll continue to share with us.

- The Tablescaper