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.