Dec 1, 2013

10th annual parade is bigger, colder and snowier

GREENVILLE – Cold temperatures, gusty winds and a pre-parade snow squall may have kept a few people from the 10th annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, but it was barely noticeable as the Broadway in downtown Greenville was filled with on-lookers. With temperatures hovering around 23-degrees, most people were bundled up in layers of clothes with hats, gloves, scarves and multiple pairs of socks.

The number of parade entries was up over last year’s parade even with some entries withdrawing prior to the parade. According to Amber Garrett, executive director of Main Street Greenville, there were 71 entries. Garrett said, “We were thrilled to see our number rise for our 10th year, unfortunately due to the cold and unexpected weather, a few of the entries had to pull-out of the parade. We understood, it was a very cold night and the unexpected snow storm presented challenges.”

Official attendance numbers are hard to determine as many parade watchers looked on from the comfort of many of the storefronts along Broadway. Garrett added, “As much as we loved the holiday ambience the snow provided our event, we were sorry to hear some were unable to join us due to the cold.”

The comments she has been receiving have been positive and some of the businesses and organizations that held pre-parade events are planning on participating again next year.

The Greenville Public Library’s pony rides were a hit with kids. The kids tried to stay warm by huddling with their parents as they waited patiently for their turn to ride a pony. As the snow flew, Tommy Renfro entertained those on the library lawn with Christmas music. Romer’s Catering had over 450 reservations for their buffet and St. Clair Manor exceeded their expectations for visitors. Some of the other downtown stores had storytime and crafts for kids.

“We enjoyed working with all of them and appreciated all of them being involved with our event for 2013,” said Garrett.

Main Street Greenville thanks all of its 10th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade sponsors, entries, volunteers and spectators. Garrett concluded, “This event takes many months to plan and we appreciate the community's continued support.” 
While parents and many children were huddled against the cold waiting for the parade, some children took advantage of an unexpected snowfall to create snow angels on So. Broadway. (Bob Robinson photo) 

Brave souls were holding down their preferred position to see the Holiday Hometown Horse Parade a half hour before it started. (Bob Robinson photo) 

Seventy-one entries braved the 23 degree weather, wind chill in the teens, to entertain thousands of parade viewers at the Holiday Hometown Horse Parade. (Bob Robinson photo) 

A child’s universal love of horses made the Holiday Hometown Horse Parade a ‘must see’ from beginning to the end for these two young ladies. Big brother however found his attention wandering. (Bob Robinson photo)

Children, and their parents, braved the cold for a chance to ride a pony.

Rudolph made an appearance during the parade.

Joelle York entertained prior to the parade on the Traffic Circle.

These kids stayed warm and worked on a craft at Bread of Life Christian Bookstore.

Tommy Renfro braved the snow to sing familiar Christmas favorites on the front steps of the library.

Shortly before the parade began the snow began to fall and covered the parade route.

The cold weather didn’t faze Santa at all. It must have felt like the tropics compared to where he lives.

Mississinawa Valley’s Kuroi Taka Taiko drummers entertained at Annie Oakley Park prior to the parade.

The Greenville High School Marching Band began the parade with some festive music.

The colors were presented to start the annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.

This group not only looked like candy canes, but they also handed out the treat to young parade watchers.

Beautiful horses and carriages lit up with Christmas lights made the parade fun to watch.

At only 23-degrees, this had to be a cold Knight on a cold night.

Parade participants bundled up for the extended parade route.

Beautiful horses and carriages lit up with Christmas lights made the parade fun to watch.


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