The rain held off for most of the day and all the horses behaved impeccably, making the ‘All The Queens Horses’ involvement in this year’s The London New Year’s Day Parade both an enjoyable and memorable experience for all involved, as Caroline Marsh organiser and creative behind the ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ explained:
“As ever, we always look forward to the parade and always have some fabulous and outstanding costumes celebrating the theme (This year ‘London Moving’) With so much effort and time taken in the planning, the parade is always a show stopping element of the event”
Amongst the jugglers, cheerleaders, acrobats, clowns and marching bands, the parade featured three teams of riders and 75 horses. Invited for selection from all over the UK and travelling from as far afield as Belgium to appear in this annual event, the riders ranged from just six years old through to late seventies and were unpaid volunteers unified in their passion for horses and bringing equestrianism to the capital!
The equestrian element of the parade started off 11.45am at Piccadilly Circus and finished at Parliament Square, stopping off at The Horse Guards and Buckingham Palace on route home.
This year, amongst the creatively dressed horses and riders ranging from Beefeaters to highway men, war horses were also celebrated and remembered: A fitting reminder to their contribution in WWI and following on from the ‘Tower Of London’ poppy installation.
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