December 2011 Holiday Parades – Horse Riding Opportunities

Update: The Wylie parade scheduled for 3 December has been canceled due to weather and will not be rescheduled. Allen will make a decision on their parade by noon Sunday.

The Holiday Season is upon us, and along with the Holidays come holiday parades. Tracy Matern has put together a list of the Parade details for the 2011 season. There are often multiple cities having parades the same day (and sometimes at the same time). The parades likely to have higher participation from TTPA members are flagged in red.

Tracy also offers a couple of tips:

We decorate with Christmas garlands and bows and with battery operated lights for the night parades. The rule we enforce the most is “Please do not speed up to go back to your trailers after the parade…no trotting, cantering,etc. as this has resulted in accidents and injuries in the past.”

Save some “Parade energy” for the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade. It is the largest all equine parade in the world. Last year, four of us rode in it and we had a fantastic time.

Also take a look at the Parade Riding Tips on the Trinity Trails Blog site.

Please let Tracy know if you plan to attend any of these by email at or via home phone at 214-495-7493 or cell phone 214-392-2288.

We will need a utility vehicle or golf cart to pick up poop for some of these parades. If you (or perhaps a non-riding spouse) would like to volunteer to help out, please coordinate with Tracy.

Pooper Scooper requirements are indicated under the parades that require it (so far Melissa, Wylie and Allen). Last year, Brian Collins of McKinney Stables and a friend were a huge hit with the crowd. Brian drove a golf cart and his friend scooped the poop on the fly with a shovel and placed in a muck bucket in the back. They weaved in and out of the different horse groups and seemed to be having a great time. We can borrow the TTPA gator but we need a couple of volunteers to drive it.

November 19

Watters Creek Lighted Carriage Parade
Start 6 PM
Line Up 5:30pm
We stage in the parking lot just off the west side service road south of Watters Creek and Bethany Street

December 1 (Thursday)

Start 6 PM
Line Up 5 PM
Contact: Denison Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 903-465-1551
Fax: 903-465-8443
Entry Form on-line by Friday, Nov 18
Staging: On Crawford Street
After registering, they will send us a line up position
No entry fee; cash prizes

December 3

Start 9 AM
Theme: “My Favorite Christmas Movie”
Registration Form
Contact: 972-722-6001
Route: Old Downtown Square behind Courthouse

Start 10 AM
Theme: Sleigh Bells Ringing
$10 Entry Fee & Entry Form (already paid and sent)
Must have “pooper scooper vehicle”
(there is also a Holiday Bazaar at Melissa High School from 11am-4pm)

Van Alstyne
Start 4 PM
Theme: “A Reason for the Season”


2 Dec Update: Rainout decision will be made at 3pm. Contact Tracy for results after that time. If canceled, the parade will not be rescheduled for this year.The parade has been canceled.

Start 5:30pm
Staging 3:30pm
Judging 4:45pm
Theme: Festival of Lights
$25 and entry form by 11/23/11; prizes
Contact: First Baptist Church of Wylie
Debra Tobolka, Administrator to Missions Pastor
Phone: 972-442-2261
Fax: 972-442-6154
(Wylie Arts Festival also starts at 10 AM)
They would like us to have a pooper scooper vehicle.

Start 5:30 PM
Judging: 5 PM
Line Up 4-5 PM
Theme: Santa’s Workshop
Contact: Cathy Pierce at the Whitewright Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 903-364-2000
Staging: American Legion Hall

December 4

2 Dec Update: Rainout decision will be made by noon Sunday
Start 2 PM
Last year needed pooper scooper vehicle

December 10

Flower Mound
Start 10 AM
Registration form due December 2; no fee; non-cash prizes
After registration form is received, they will send additional information the first week of December
Contact: Kimberly Cheek at the Town of Flower Mound
Phone: 972-874-6276
Fax: 972-874-6471
Action item: Make sure they allow horses

Royse City
Call for Start Time
Contact: Royse City Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 972-636-5000

Start: 3pm
Staging: 2:15pm
Contact: Police Chief Daniel Jacobs
Phone: 214-229-8901

Blue Ridge
Start 7 PM
Staging 6:30 PM
Theme “Christmas Movies”
Contact: Danna Amaya, Water Secretary, City of Blue Ridge
Phone: 972-752-5791

Start 6:30 PM
Theme: “A Very Frosty Christmas”
Contact: Cynthia Clark at the Farmersville Chamber of Commerce
Phone 972-782-6533
Fax 972-782-6603
Staging by the old cotton mill

January 14

Fort Worth Fat Stock Show Parade
Start 11 AM
Contact: 817-877-2410

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