Experience a special holiday event in downtown Parker at the Christmas Carriage Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon! The Christmas Carriage Parade has become a well-known Parker tradition across Colorado. On this festive afternoon, the streets of Old Town Parker fill with families and eager children ready to see spectacular marching bands, equestrian entries and catch a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
The 2013 parade, brought to you by Brown’s Compounding Center, is themed “Winter Wonderland,” and will begin heading west on Mainstreet at noon. Pictures with Santa will be available after the parade for $5, cash only, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the O’Brien Park gazebo. O’Brien Park will be full of holiday excitement as event-goers enjoy pony rides, ice sculpting, courtesy of Xfinity and Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscaping and the Camp Bow Wow petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with the Home for the Holidays Winter Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Town is proud to honor Steve Budnack, chairman of the Parker Task Force for Human Services as the 2013 Parade Grand Marshal in recognition of his tireless commitment of service to the Task Force and its mission. A 12-year Parker resident and a retired mortgage banker, Steve brings his financial background, as well as his compassion, to help the community through the Task Force. Be sure to wave and thank Steve as he leads the parade with his three daughters in a horse-drawn carriage.
Parade spectators are asked to remember that Mainstreet and Victorian Roads will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and individuals parked within these limits will not be able to exit until the roads are reopened. Alternative parking outside of these limits is advised. Please visit www.parkeronline.org/carriageparade for maps and more information. You may also call 303.841.0353. The Town looks forward to celebrating this time-honored tradition with you and your family.
Free Holiday Carriage RideS
The Town is providing free carriage and wagon rides every Saturday night through Christmas. Rides will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and will pick up in O’Brien Park. Riders will enjoy a trip throughout Old Town Parker and may choose to stop at the PACE Center for free visits with Santa, hosted by PACE and the Foerster Realtor Team. All riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the free Holiday Carriage Rides, please visit www.parkeronline.org/carriagerides.