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Archive for Sunday, December 7, 2008

Parade trots out finery for viewers

Show cart accident results in visit to LMH

Gail Thomas, Oskaloosa, makes a turn Saturday in front of the crowd at Seventh and Massachusetts streets with her road cart during the 16th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.

Gail Thomas, Oskaloosa, makes a turn Saturday in front of the crowd at Seventh and Massachusetts streets with her road cart during the 16th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.

December 7, 2008

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Come Saturday morning, Carol Supancic was prepared for the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.

She parked her truck along Massachusetts Street the night before. Her sister brought a large yellow jug of hot chocolate, her mother made chocolate chip cookies and she rose early to bake caramel-pecan rolls. A kitchen mishap resulted in the rolls landing on the floor and a quick substitute from Hy-Vee needing to be made.

But that didn’t stop Supancic from enjoying the parade as she perched on the back of her truck waving to the stream of carriages and horses that passed by.

“It’s the most beautiful parade I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Supancic said.

The crowd of around 9,000 people saw quite a show Saturday morning. Everything from miniature horses to Clydesdales clip-clopped down Massachusetts Street. Those horses pulled buggies, 19th century carriages, covered wagons, hitch wagons and stagecoaches. And all of it — vehicles, riders and animals — were covered in ribbon, tinsel and garland.

The parade had 90 entries with participants coming from across the state and Midwest.

The parade did have a hiccup when a cart carrying two people collapsed. The show cart was moving down Seventh Street between New Hampshire and Massachusetts streets when the seat fell off the back of the cart and the two riders tumbled backwards onto the pavement, witnesses said.

The parade was delayed between 10 to 20 minutes as medics on scene took care of the driver and rider. The program identified the cart as being driven by Anna and Abby Gass of Marshall, Mo.

One of the people in the cart, Abby Gass, was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The girl was treated and released soon afterward, hospital officials said.

Comments

trvlronda 6 years ago

The parade was awesome!One other "hiccup". Some ignorant lady was driving her blue VW golf with a JO county license plate thru the parade route. The people tried to let her get onto 11th street, but she insisted on going forward!. So she is driving in the middle of horses doing their routines. Luckily, the horses did not spook, and no one was injured. BUT dang it, why did that happen in the first place? I guess her schedule and wishes override the safety of everyone else. Very selfish on the woman's part--and stupid stupid stupid.

Piggles 6 years ago

I was near 10th and Mass and there were a lot of people driving east on 10th across Mass while the parade was still going on! My question is why were the police not patroling the side streets! I understand that there was a delay due to an accident but there was horses coming up the street when the people were driving across Mass!

sks6cf 6 years ago

Oh my gawl! That's awful!! Why?!!? Why do bad things happen to good people!??!!?

Confrontation 6 years ago

So, Mizzourians can't play sports or ride a show cart. No surprise there.

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