Horse Parade returns Saturday

Holiday Horse Parade returns to Downtown Piqua

Saturday, November 11, the Downtown Piqua Holiday Horse Parade will kick off the holiday season in Piqua.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a Holiday Illumination, highlighting beautiful new tree lights on the square downtown. The Holiday Horse Parade will begin following this lighting ceremony, at 7:00 p.m.

The Downtown Piqua Holiday Horse Parade is an all-horse parade and features carriages, hitches and riders outfitted with holiday lights, making their way through downtown Piqua. The parade is being put together by Mainstreet Piqua, under the direction of volunteer Tim Hutton. “The parade has been so well supported by the Piqua community and we are so excited to bring it back.” Says Hutton.

The Downtown Piqua Holiday Horse parade will begin at the corner of Main and Greene Streets, and will proceed west on Greene Street to Caldwell, south on Caldwell to Ash Street, East on Ash to Wayne, and then south on Wayne to Market Street. The parade will then turn north on Main Street, back to Greene Street. There will be an announcer’s stand at the intersection of Main and Ash Streets. This is the same route as last year.

In addition to the usual offerings in downtown Piqua, there will be a couple of other food options available during the horse parade on Saturday. Dobo’s Delights Bakery will be offering hot chocolate and horse-themed baked items including cookies and donuts. Cumberland Kettle Corn will be located on Ash Street and they have many different kinds of kettle corn and popcorn. Referee’s Sports Bar and Scottish Thistle will be open and have their regular menus, and Winans Chocolates + Coffees will be extending their regular hours until 8 p.m. to accommodate parade attendees.

Those attending the parade will find all the streets will be closed and there will be no parking along the parade route, including in residential areas. Parents are encouraged to keep a watchful eye on their children and all spectators must stay on the sidewalks and behind barricades.

The Downtown Piqua Holiday Horse parade is being sponsored by Mutual Federal, Piqua Lumber, Kettering Health, Bruns General Contracting, Apex Aluminum, Fifth Third Bank, Edison State Community College, Asher’s Plumbing & Welding, Family Farm and Home, Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau, JH Heating & Air LLC, Miami Valley Steel Service, Hartzell Industries, Jackson Tube, Park National Bank, Home Experts Realty, Prestige Builders, and the Davis family.

Those wanting to know more about the parade and other upcoming events can call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355, or follow Mainstreet Piqua on Facebook and Instagram.


Lorna Swisher