Pelican Rapids Lighted Horse Parade Brings Hundreds Out in Balmy November Temps

238

Pelican Rapids Lighted Horse Parade Brings Hundreds Out in Balmy November Temps

Photos and story by Ley Bouchard

 

One of the nicest traditions of the Upper Midwest takes place the Friday evening after Thanksgiving when the retail shops and the Pelican Rapids, MN., Chamber hosts a Lighted Horse Parade which begins at 6:30 p.m.. Local businesses sponsor horse-drawn floats driven through downtown. Regional teamsters bring their horses, decorated in lights, to pull wagons through downtown Pelican Rapids. The teams/floats are sponsored by local and regional businesses and each teamster must have a sponsor.

Many of the local businesses keep their doors open until after the parade, providing beverages, snacks, cookies, and many good deals for Christmas shoppers. Strand Hardware, newly acquired by Matthew Strand, traditionally serves beer, wine, cookies, popcorn and has lines to the door waiting to go through the store, visiting with friends and strangers, shopping and perusing the Christmas displays.

Mercantile on Main serves snack chips and dips, a sampling of the many items they sell in the shop. The Chamber of Commerce office gives blank ballots and asks people to vote for their favorite team/float. The Chamber offers a great opportunity for magazines providing tourism and event information for the region along with many historical items.

This year’s teams number many from the Red River Harness and Saddle Club focused in the northwest central region of MN and Mideastern ND.  The members participating this year include: Becca Babolian, Polly Thorsness, Denise and Brian Laymon.

The parade proceeds up the main streets of Pelican and comes back through the downtown area so people have a chance to observe the floats twice; once on each side.

The registered teamsters and the sponsors as listed in the program are included with the float number. Please note some people are listed twice which merely indicates they brought more than one team.

  1. Ryan Peterson, Battle Lake, MN, driving for Larry’s Supermarket
  2. & 24. Wayne Erickson, Erhard, MN., driving for Pelican Drug & Dairy Queen
  3. Marcy & Chad Beaty, Frazee, MN., driving for Sanford Health
  4. Brian Marquardt, Rothsay, MN., driving for Ditch Dentistry
  5. Denise and Brian Laymon, Vergas, MN., driving for Park Region Oil & Ballard Sanitation
  6. Adam Johnson, Pelican Rapids, MN., driving for Riverview Place
  7. Wally Rodewald, Detroit Lakes, MN., driving for the Muddy Moose/Mercantile on Main
  8. Dave Biewers, Barnesville, MN., driving for Homeowners Financial/Heart O’ Lakes Quality Meats
  9. Dale Engen, Hawley, MN., driving for Pelican Rapids High School
  10. Deborah & Charlie Grose, Detroit Lakes, MN., driving for Wells Fargo Bank
  11. Dick Schauer, Park Rapids, MN., driving for Dunvilla
  12. Polly Thorsness, Barnesville, MN., driving for Bell Bank
  13. Carol & Jim Sheridan, Hawley, MN., driving for Weckworth Animal Hospital
  14. Dick Rossow with Fjords, Rothsay, MN., driving for Lake Region Electric Coop
  15. Dave Kaste, Battle Lake, MN., driving for Pelican Rapids Press
  16. Dick Schauer, Park Rapids, MN., sponsored by Dakota Smiles
  17. Dave Kaste, Battle Lake, MN., sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church
  18. Ardean Johnson, Detroit Lakes, MN., driving for Pelican Valley Nursing Home
  19. Becca Babolian, Borup, MN., driving for Kreckelberg Law Office
  20. Ginger Demmer, Hawley, MN., driving for Farmers Elevator
  21. Jayne Olsgaard, Sabin, MN., driving for Arvig
  22. Dave Staples, Harwood, ND., driving for Thea’s Pumpkin Patch
  23. & 25. Sheriff Possee of Fergus Falls driving for the Sheriff’s Possee

More video is available on the VENews YouTube channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9nHkoRcZIRhS2_QDvPNUqg?view_as=subscriber

 

Dick Rossow with a Norwegian Fjord team

 

 

 

Becca Babolain with her POA Tonka and Millie (right)

 

Team 7. Wally Rodewald, Detroit Lakes, MN., driving for the Muddy Moose/Mercantile on Main
Team 13. owned and operated by Carol & Jim Sheridan, Hawley, MN., driving for Weckworth Animal Hospital, this horse and driver are traditionally the last exhibit of the parade, and this year was no exception.
Polly Thorsness drives one of her mules for Bell Bank.