Horses* Help The Hungry (*and mules and donkeys and ponies too!)

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11 a.m.

500 horses – and ponies and donkeys and mules expected! Maybe more!

What is the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade?

Hundreds of decorated horses, mules, wagons, carriages and stagecoaches will fill the streets of Lisbon with Christmas spirit in one of Maryland’s best holiday family events.  The parade is free for spectators. After the parade, there will be Pony Rides and a Country Ham & Fried Chicken Dinner in the Fire Hall; all proceeds benefit local food banks and LVFD.

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. (please note that the roads around Lisbon will close at 10:30 a.m.)

Where: “Main Street” (Route 144) in Lisbon, Western Howard County, Maryland. Lisbon is the small country village at the intersection of Routes 144 and 94. Mapquest or Googlemap “Lisbon, MD 21765″

Why: For family fun and to help a good holiday cause: the food banks of Howard and Carroll Counties and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. Entry fees and sponsorships go to the charities; spectators are asked to bring a dry or canned good to donate. (In 2013, the parade raised over $8,500 for the local food banks and $2,000 for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department!)

How can you be a part of it? Parade is free to spectators; food bank donations of dry and canned goods or cash appreciated.

Free parking on South and North Avenues and at the Lisbon Firehouse, Lisbon Methodist Church, Lisbon Baptist Church, and Madison Street. Handicapped parking at the Lisbon Elementary School. Roads close around the village at 10:30, so arrive early.

Bring a chair!

Please do not throw candy, and please do not go into the street to pet or feed the horses (or ponies or mules…no matter how cute.)

WARNING: All horses, mules, ponies and donkeys can be dangerous.

What is the parade route? (Tentative)

  • The route begins at the intersection of Morgan Station Road and Route 144
  • West on Route 144 to the circle
  • South/Left into alley between ServePro and Myer Mini Barns (1 block prior to Rt 94)
  • Turn left on South Avenue
  • Turn left at Lisbon Methodist Church entrance
  • Turn right on Route 144 to Morgan Station Road

What else do we need to know? During the Parade: Porta-pots and Food & Hot Drinks along the parade route by Town Grill, plus music and pony rides!

Be safe and have fun!

More Information-
For photos for pre-event publication, or for more information, please contact:
Elisha Harrison Iager   |   301-674-3187   |   LadyLongears@gmail.com
 
The 2013 Parade
Although communities tend to focus on the food banks during the winter holidays, the truth is that food banks need our help year-round.On Friday, May 9, 2014, the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade Committee presented donation checks to the Howard County and Carroll County Food Banks and the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. The presentation was held on the front lawn of the Maryland equestrian publication The Equiery, located on Lisbon’s “Main Street.”Although the 2013 Lisbon Horse Parade was regrettably canceled due to weather, sponsors and donors continued with their holiday generosity and the parade raised a record $8,500 for charity.$3,160 was presented to each food bank, while $2,180 was presented to the local volunteer fire department.  According to Edward Leister for the Carroll County Food Bank, the Lisbon Horse Parade donation has consistently been the second largest donation received each year since the parade began.

In addition to supporting the local food banks, the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade helps to support the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department. Not only does LVFD play a critical role with parade logistics, but the LVFD is the first responder for the local equestrian community.

$3,160 for the Howard County Food Bank L-R Mrs. Claus; "Classy" The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Stan Rappaport, Director of Resource Development for the Community Action Council of Howard County (which operates the Food Bank); Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

$3,160 for the Howard County Food Bank L-R Mrs. Claus; “Classy” The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Stan Rappaport, Director of Resource Development for the Community Action Council of Howard County (which operates the Food Bank); Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

 

$3,160 for the Carroll County Food Sunday L-R Mrs. Claus; "Classy" The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Edward Leister, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Carroll County Food Sunday; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

$3,160 for the Carroll County Food Sunday L-R Mrs. Claus; “Classy” The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Edward Leister, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Carroll County Food Sunday; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

 

$2,180 for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department L-R Mrs. Claus; "Classy" The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Hayden Brendel, for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)

$2,180 for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department L-R Mrs. Claus; “Classy” The Mule; Santa Claus; Chuck Zepp, Parade Co-Chairman; Crystal Kimball, Parade Committee; Howard Lasky, Parade Committee; Elisha Iager, Parade Co-Chairman; Hayden Brendel, for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department; Sheila Ritter, Parade Committee; Peggy Schultz, Parade Committee. (Amy Brendel Photography)