History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: The Largest Horse Parade East Of The Mississippi

6 Sep , 2019  

This summer, we’ve continued our yearly tradition of taking a weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Today, for the last post in our Summer Road Trip series for 2019, we’re turning our attention to a remarkable parade taking place this weekend just an hour down I71 or US42.

The best and largest horse parade east of the Mississippi River is making a return visit to Delaware on Sunday.

The Thirty-Fourth Annual All Horse Parade is set to start at 3:00 PM at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. As in past years, the parade will then travel east on Pennsylvania Avenue, south on Sandusky Street, west on Winter Street, north on Liberty Street, west on Lincoln Avenue, and then north on Euclid Avenue back to the Fairgrounds.

The total parade route is approximately three miles.

Recognized as one of the largest and most unique non-motorized parades in the U.S., it will include over 140 units including 450 horses, mules and donkeys, along with wagons, carriages and bands. Typically, some 60,000 spectators line the streets.

This year’s All Horse Parade sponsors include the Eagles Lodge #376, Byers Automotive, Richwood Bank, All Occasions Catering, Del Mar Distribution, All-Win Electric, All-Win Carriage, All-Win Stables, Mail Pro1, Victoria Thompson, and Brent Cain.

An updated list of parking in downtown Delaware can be found on the map below.

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