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Parade rules seem unfriendly to horses, riders

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

We rode our horses in the Fourth of July parade Friday in Mount Morris. Having done so many times over the years, I thought to myself, maybe, it would be considerate of me to give the people of Dixon the opportunity to also view someone, with my above average good looks, charm, and everything else positive, by participating in their parade on Sunday.

I called an organization called Main Street, or something like that, to inquire the criteria for our participation. The individual I conversed with asked, “Do you have a bag to hang on the backside of the horse?” And, if not, I’d have to provide my own personal janitor to follow along, and clean up, after any call of nature that my horse might have.

You can imagine my incredulity upon hearing that. Having participated in numerous parades with our equine friends, never was I informed of such requirements. The parade committees sponsoring those events provided those services.

Rules are rules. And, far be it from me to break any rules. However, I find it a bit ironic, when one considers Dixon’s claim to fame is (or what I think Dixon’s claim to fame is) based on President Reagan having been from Dixon.

Plus, everyone who lives in Dixon knows, or should know, because of the elaborate riverside display commemorating our ex-president, that President Reagan was an avid horseman. That it should be made difficult for horses to participate in Dixon’s parade seems unreasonable.

However, to be fair to the parade committee, if there hadn’t been horses participating in past parades, and the committee had no reason to believe there would be any participating in this parade, then one can understand they would be ill-prepared to deal with a few horses showing up on such short notice.

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