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Saddle Up for the 33rd Annual Wassail Holiday Parade!

Nov 29, 2016 01:30PM ● By Kirsten Gehlbach
The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program and Green Mountain Horse Association will host the 33rd Annual Wassail Weekend Celebration Horse and Carriage Holiday Parade on December 10.

With costumes, snowflakes, and mistletoe and merriment, riders and drivers are invited to parade through Woodstock in fine Victorian holiday attire. Currier & Ives costumes and 19th century Victorian seasonal attire are strongly encouraged. Carolers will add to the festivities while the local community and visitors gather in downtown Woodstock to watch participants ride and drive an approximately two-mile loop including the Woodstock Green where judges await.

Award categories for the 2016 Wassail Parade include:

Best Individual Costume

Best Group

Best Horse-Drawn Vehicle

Most Seasonally Attired

Most Historic

Best Junior Entry

Judges’ Award

Bring out those saddles and harnesses once again, and join in a merry holiday afternoon.

Please be aware that the Wassail Celebration draws over 2,000 spectators. Participants, please help keep this event safe and fun for spectators and participants alike by bringing two of your own marshals.


Parade Details

12pm to 1pm: Participants gather at the staging area at the Sunset Farm Building on Route 4 east of Woodstock. Packets with bridle numbers will be handed out upon arrival and check-in.

1:15pm: Mandatory Parade Safety Briefing – a participant from each group must serve as a representative.

1:30pm: Parade Line-Up – participants will hitch and mount up in numerical order for the parade.

2pm: Parade Departure from the staging area.

Approximately 2:30pm: awards ceremony and refreshments. Location to be announced at registration.

Cost: donation – $25 suggested donation per horse/rider.

Contact: (802) 763-3280, [email protected]

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