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Bi-centennial Parade 1976
By June Nolen   
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Last edited: Monday, July 04, 2011
Posted: Monday, July 04, 2011

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Bi-Centennial Parade Washington D.C. 1976l
My experience riding in this parade and the fun we all had!

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SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011

BI-CENTENNIAL PARADE

 
      
      THE VIRGINIA ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION WAS INVITED TO RIDE IN THE 
              BI-CENTENNIAL PARADE IN WASHINGTON D.C. ON JULY 4th, 1976.
                 I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE A MEMBER OF VAHA AT THAT TIME.

       UP AT DAWN . . . HORSES WASHED AND GROOMED . . . SADDLES SOAPED . . .
             SILVER AND BOOTS SHINING IN THE EARLY MORNING SUNLIGHT . . .
                                               TRAILERS FINALLY LOADED.

           WE'RE GOING TO A CELEBRATION! A CELEBRATION FOR OUR COUNTRY!

                    TWO HOURS DRIVE TO D.C. . . . ONE STOP FOR BREAKFAST . . . 
                                                   THEN ON OUR WAY AGAIN . . .    
                                     THE HORSES ARE ASLEEP IN THE TRAILERS.

             PARKED IN FRONT OF THE MINT . . . FOURTEEN HORSES UNLOADED . . . 
                  HOOVES BLACKENED . . .  HORSES SADDLED . . . RIDERS IN CHAPS, 
                                  COWBOY HATS AND WOOL SADDLE SUITS.

                                                    MOUNT UP . . . LET'S GO!
                      WE RIDE THROUGH THE BUSY STREETS DODGING TRAFFIC
                                                          AND PEDESTRIANS.

                                                     KEEP MOVING! DON'T STOP!

                HORSES AND RIDERS ARRIVE AT A CORNER PARK . . . SUNSHINE . . . 
                  SHADE TREES . . . WATER FOR THE HORSES . . . FRIENDLY TALK
                            OF BLOOD LINES WHILE WE WAIT . . . FOR HOURS!

               FINALLY TIME TO LINE UP . . . RIGHT BEHIND A MARCHING BAND!
                                            A HORSEMAN'S MIGHTY FEAR!
                           OH NO! HANG ON TIGHT! THIS MAY BE A WILD RIDE!

                  HORSES STAND STEADY UNTIL THE FIRST DRUM ROLL SOUNDS.
            AS IF SHOT FROM A CANNON, THEY MAKE A ONE-EIGHTY DEGREE TURN
                                                          IN PANIC RETREAT!

                             SLICK, SHINY, METAL HORSESHOES SLIP AND SLIDE
                                    ON COBBLED STREETS FROM DAYS GONE BY!
                                                       
                       
                           HOLD THE REINS TIGHT . . . DON'T LET HIM TAKE THE BIT
                                                       AND DROP HIS HEAD!
                                  STRAIGHTEN HIM UP AND GET BACK IN LINE!

                              WOW! OKAY, I'M STILL IN THE SADDLE.  SURPRISE!
                                                         I DIDN'T GET THROWN!

                                      WE'RE MOVING ALONG SLOWLY . . . BOTH SIDES OF
       PENNSYLVANIA AVE. ARE TEN DEEP WITH CHEERING, PARADE WATCHERS . . . 
         THE HORSES BEGIN TO CALM DOWN . . .  GETTING INTO THE RHYTHM . . . 
                 THE RIDERS RELAX . . .  THE CAPITOL . . . OUR NATION'S CAPITOL
                                   BUILDING GLEAMS IN THE BACKGROUND!

                                                                 THIS IS FUN!

                              WHAT A BEAUTIFUL, SUMMER DAY TO CELEBRATE THE 
                                                   FOUNDING OF OUR COUNTRY!

           THE PARADE IS OVER WAY TOO SOON . . . HEATED HORSES ARE WATERED
                                  AT THE BASE OF THE LINCOLN MONUMENT.
                   WE ALL BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF . . . THEN LAUGH TOGETHER
                               REMEMBERING THIS SPECIAL, SURREAL DAY!

                                             WE MADE IT AND ALL IN ONE PIECE . . .
                     WHAT A PEACEFUL PLACE TO REST . . . . AT LINCOLN'S FEET . . .
                                                     BEFORE THE TRIP HOME.

              IT'S BEEN 35 YEARS SINCE I RODE IN THAT VERY SPECIAL PARADE!
                       IT WAS AN HONOR AND A MEMORY I'LL NEVER FORGET!

                                  WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE 4th OF JULY MEMORY
                               OR MAYBE YOU'RE MAKING A NEW ONE THIS YEAR.

                                                  HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!
                                                         HONOR OUR TROOPS!
                                                       ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM!


JUNE NOLEN/ copyright July 2nd, 2011

Web Site: June Nolen's Blog



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