On Sunday, April 28, the 98th Wissahickon Day Parade will be held. The parade has been celebrated every year since 1921, when the “Forbidden Drive” in Wissahickon Valley Park was closed and a plan to put a section of a turnpike through the park was defeated after protests by equestrian park users.
The horse show will start at 9:30 a.m. at Northwestern Stables – 120 W. Northwestern Ave. – featuring English and Western riders as well as carriage classes. After the show, at close to noon, the parade lineup proceeds along Forbidden Drive, passing the Cedars House and the Valley Green Inn between 12:30 and 1 p.m.
Adults and children of all ages are invited to watch the horses and their riders parade through the park. The parade is completely free to watch, although there is a registration fee of $20 for those who wish to participate in the show or ride in the parade, or $30 for anyone looking to do both.
To get more information about the parade, including a copy of the registration form, visit the parade’s Facebook page.