"From the beginning horses have played a part in the Rose Parade. Thousands of riders have made the trek down Colorado Boulevard. "The Tournament equestrian family grows bigger and stronger every year as it welcomes the new equestrians who come to share the magic of New Year's Day and appreciate the commitment to excellence and professionalism exhibited by the returning equestrian units to the parade," according to the Tournament of Roses.
Prior to the parade an "Equestfest" is held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to showcase the performances by the talented riding teams. Equestrian units taking part in "Equestfest" have included the Clydesdales of the First Cavalry Division from U.S. Army Fort Hood, "Traveler" (the USC mascot), the Sons and Daughters of the Reel West, and the California State Fire Fighters Association. Bob Eubanks and Shawn Parr have served as announcers at "Equestfest.""
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photoray (11763) 2012-12-26 9:06
I am enjoying your Rose Parade series and it brings back fond memories, including SoCal.
This view details the Vaqueros in the colorful and classic garb on parade horses.
My childhood family doctor, DR. Husband rode every year in the Parade for many years. I think he rode more often than the penicillin shots he pumped into my tush.
I plan to see the floats after the Parade again this year. I no longer enjoy sleeping on Colorado Blvd on New Years Eve...
Have a wonderful New Years, every day,