Even horses can get into the spirit of Christmas -- especially when they
get to step out in their holiday finest in a Christmas parade. Tomorrow
the small town of Lisbon, Maryland, will be knee-deep in, well, horse
stuff, when hundreds of equines (including ponies, mules, and donkeys)
descend upon them for their annual Christmas Horse Parade.
Lisbon is located in a very rural area north of Washington D.C. While there are prizes aplenty for the participants, the real point of the event is to raise funds and donations for the local food banks and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department.
No motor vehicles are allowed in the parade, but carriages, buggies, pony traps, and stage coaches are. No marching bands are allowed, but considering what they are likely to be marching behind that is a good thing. However, small musical groups riding in carriages are allowed and I'm sure their shoes are grateful for that.
There will be pony rides for the kids and the day will be topped off with a country ham and fried chicken dinner in the Fire Hall to raise further funds for the charities. Last year the parade was able to raise more than $8,500 for the food banks and $2,000 for the fire department.
Over 500 horses are expected to march in the parade tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will give them a break so that they can march with equine pride, have a chance to visit with each other, and leave the locals dodging road apples for awhile.
Source: Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade