Horses, carriages and warm weather today should bring thousands to downtown Lawrence.
The Eldridge Hotel Old Fashioned Christmas Parade begins at 11 a.m. today. Almost 100 horse-drawn vehicles will parade down Massachusetts in the sixth annual event.
"There'll be a bandwagon, there'll be a six Clydesdale-hitch," Kendra Hatfield, the parade secretary, said.
The parade will follow a route that starts on Seventh Street at Kentucky and travels east to Massachusetts and south to 13th Street.
Organizers expect 90 to 95 carriages, buggies, wagons and buckboards to be entered.
Rob Phillips, general manager of the Eldridge Hotel, expects as many as 30,000 people downtown to watch the parade.
"The idea came up while I was on the Oregon Trail," he said. "It's a popular event in the community. We've got participants in from 10 or 15 states."
The parade is put on annually by the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. The hotel pays for hotel rooms for participants and stables horses at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
To all those who want to see today's parade, Phillips had this advice:
"Get here early," he said. "It gets crowded along the parade route."
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