Parade kicks off Victoria Livestock Show festivities (w/video)
Feb. 24, 2018 at 8:27 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Margaret Hodge and Melinda Geistman sat patiently Saturday morning in front of Patti Welder Middle School.
The sun peeked through the morning clouds every so often as the sounds of country music trailed down North Street from several parade floats.
About 50 floats participated in a parade that served as a pre-show activity for the annual Victoria Livestock Show, now in its 72nd year. The majority of the floats displayed a Western theme to match the livestock show theme, "Kick Up Some Fun."
"The parade has always been a big deal," Hodge said. "To see the kids in the parade and those who have animals in the show - it's great. They're so dedicated to the raising of their animal, and it's a lot of work."
Geistman waited to see her granddaughter, Ryker Pearson, who was in the parade and was a contestant in the Queen Victoria pageant. Ryker was a contestant in the Little Miss Cowgirl division.
"All these kids work so hard during the livestock show," Geistman said.
The majority of the parade entries consisted of Queen Victoria contestants.
Carlie Parsons, a Junior Queen Victoria contestant, decided not to ride on a parade float and opted to ride down the street on her brown horse, Sparky.
"I love riding horses. I've been riding them since I was a baby," Carlie, 13, said.
This is the second time Sparky has made an appearance in the annual parade. In addition to participating in the parade and competing in the pageant, Carlie will have two projects at the livestock show - a York pig and a heifer.
"I'm looking forward to making sale with my pig, hopefully," she said.