Comments on the canceled parade

It was the parade that wasn’t, as a small parade featuring a pair of Clydesdale horses was canceled almost as quickly as it was planned.

“We really had the best of intentions and were taking all the precautions,” stated Julie Hudson. “I am truly sorry it didn’t work out and for any inconvenience it caused.”

Hudson, who recently completed her three year term with the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce, talked with the North County Newsabout how the parade almost came to be and ultimately was canceled.

She noted that Jim Poole, of JFP Equine, Inc. in Waterloo, had reached out to her with the idea. “They are chamber members and Red Bud has been so gracious to them, they wanted to do something nice for the community.” 

Hudson stressed how generous a gesture this was, as it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to prepare the horses for an event like this. And it was being offered to the city at no cost.

From there, Hudson touched base with the chamber directors and the city to get approval. They then worked out a route that would be safe for the horses to travel and hopefully be able to allow a large portion of people to view from the safety of their own homes or yards. Those that didn’t live along the route could park their vehicles along the route and watch from inside the vehicle.

For more on this canceled parade, please see this week’s print edition.