Cowboy Christmas Parade draws crowd to historic Stockyards City
The Cowboy Christmas Parade Saturday in Stockyards City gave spectators a glimpse of the city's past and a chance to see Santa.
Longhorns, horses, cowboys and Santa were just a few of the highlights featured Saturday in the Cowboy Christmas Parade in Stockyards City.
Spectators gathered on the pleasantly warm first day of December to watch as participants paraded through the streets of the historic section of Oklahoma City.
A herd of longhorns and horse riders led the parade to the delight of the crowd.
“I took a picture of it,” said Brian Vogeler, who came to the parade with his church youth group. “I was just amazed.”
Bree Schwarte, 22, who was there with friends after they participated in the National Reining Horse Association's Futurity competition in Oklahoma City, said the parade offered a glimpse at what life in Stockyards City once must have been like.
“I think it's kind of cool to see a blast from the past,” Schwarte said.
Parade Executive Director Cookie Hill said that was precisely organizers' intent.
“The parade is about the preservation of our history,” Hill said.
A look at the past
In 1910, Oklahoma's forefathers founded meatpacking plants in Stockyards City, then a cattle exchange two years later, Hill said.
“The Oklahoma national cattle exchange is the largest cattle market in the country, and it's right behind us,” said Hill, who was born and raised in Stockyards City. Cattle being ushered through the streets allowed parade spectators to imagine what it was like when herds of cattle were driven to market on hoof 102 years ago.
Hill said many of the shops and buildings in the city are just as old.
News Photo Galleriesview all
- 89274Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 14075Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms drink in success of 'Hangover' series
- 8763Oklahoma tornadoes: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford leading aid effort
- 7637Hobby Lobby argues case before federal judges
- 7585Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 7472How to help tornado victims
- 6832OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents