I love my little town for so many reasons. Stillwater possesses that charming small-town vibe where everyone knows your name, but during the school year our population swells with incoming students making everything feel BIG.
Homecoming is one of those BIG magical times in Stillwater. There are a variety of festivities that go one during the week, all culminating to the Saturday morning parade and then football game. People line up for blocks to watch floats, neighboring high school bands, and OSU clubs pass by. And of course, there are horses. LOTS OF HORSES.
We do live in Oklahoma! I love that anyone who wants to ride in the parade has the opportunity.
Flag bearing horses? Check.
Rodeo queens? Check.
Polo Club? Check.
Veterinary students? Check.
Gorgeous Percheron hitch team? Check.
The famous Express Clydesdale stage coach? Check.
And there were several other groups who just rode because they wanted to! My family and friends have bugged me about signing Rocking E up to do the parade, but I’m pretty sure my horses would be total dumbdumbs.
Last year, our town experienced great tragedy during the OSU Homecoming Parade. A young woman drove into a crowd of people watching the parade, killing four spectators total. It was devastating to our community. In memory, our sheriff department lead four riderless horses at the beginning of the parade, including a pony for a toddler who died. The orange and black cowboy boots were turned backwards in the stirrups and beautiful orange roses were draped over the saddle horns. It was the perfect tribute, and there was not a dry eye along the streets. Which is why I had to borrow a photo from Stillwater NewsPress…
What a fantastic parade this year after such a horrific time last year. I’m grateful to live in such a horsey community! We are the Oklahoma State Cowboys, after all! 😉