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Driving at Parades
by Dennis Lane and Mary Beth Cillo

One of the more enjoyable aspects of driving, for me, is that of being a parade unit. This combines all of the skills needed for driving, along with the delight and fun of a parade.

As with any time you drive, there is the preparation of both the horse and carriage that takes the major amount of effort and time. The first preparation is always the horse. Since I have a 4 wheel surrey, drawn by an Arabian, I have to work on his conditioning so that the major day of work is parade day. I usually work him in a two wheel cart four to six miles every other day, with one day in every ten a longer (two wheel) or harder (four wheel) trip.


At most parades, you have a four mile jaunt from start to finish to reload at the trailer. For most of my practice drives, I start and stop him on fifty to 100 foot intervals. Stopping is one of the most important lessons for any horse. But for parades it is a must! Every unit has to stop at the review stand.

Preparation of the surrey takes several hours a day or two in advance of the parade. Every bolt and nut, brakes, wheels, as always must be checked.

Decorations that are consistent with the parade must be made, cleaned or fixed. The entire hitch must be assembled in advance to check the harness for fit to both the horse and surrey. I have three separate harness. The show harness is only used in parades or weddings. On the day of the parade the surrey must be assembled, final cleaning, and decorated on site. The whole process on parade day takes two hours.

The most important preparation is that of surveying the parade route. There can be turns or street conditions that are impassable. I once went to a parade, the entire route was fine, except that to go from staging to parade route was a very steep hill about fifty feet long. Several of the fire trucks in the parade got hung-up by dragging their rear bumper. The rest drove over a curb and lawn to avoid the stuck vehicle. The wetness and tilt of the lawn caused every vehicle to slide. It was not easy to drive a surrey down the lawn, it pushed the horse very hard, almost to the limit of his holding back. The biggest problem at parades is when the other units give out candy. All the children trying to get candy then close up the street and make your way a narrow, bag rustling, nightmare. Thus a nice wide street becomes a narrow needle to thread.

At all parades, that we go to, my wife is the header for the hitch. She can, by direct touch, calm or lead the horse through most problems. We also discourage most "petters" from approaching the horse. The shafts and wheels are quite dangerous to their ribs and feet.

At this point, after all this work, comes the fun. That is the applause for a showy trot, a lot of "Let me take a picture!" bunches of "Is that fun to drive?".. Many times we are on the news or in the local paper due to the uniqueness of being the only equine unit in the parade. We have never had a parade that was not enjoyable. This must seem like a lot of work for a rather short period of fun. However, the rewards are always lasting from a job well done and appreciated by the spectators.

Thanks from: Dennis Lane and Mary Beth Cillo
461 Cypress Drive
Moon Twp. Pa. 15108
412-606-8237
412-299-9362 eves.
dennissr@fyi.net

Picture by Bruce Thompson "Photos By Bruce"



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