It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade returns on Saturday, November 18th at 7 pm in downtown Greenville! This annual tradition in Darke County has kicked off the holiday season for the downtown district the past 14 years!
The 2017 Grand Marshal will be Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association.
The lighted event boosts 70+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway.
The committee would like to remind spectators to stay off of the street during the parade and do not try to cross S. Broadway once the parade has begun. In addition, please do not dangle your legs over the edge of the curb. “We want a safe environment for everyone. For those who are watching the parade and for those who bring their horses to participate,” said Steve Strick, Chief of Police for the City of Greenville.
Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee utilizes many volunteers within the community to make the event happen, as well as provide multiple entertainment options leading up to the parade. “This event helps to highlight our beautiful downtown to those who live here and those who visit. It is a great way to start your family’s holiday celebrations,” said Diana Stebbins, 2017 Parade Chairperson.
Below you will find the current list of entertainment / events for the day, please follow Main Street Greenville's Facebook Page to receive updates as they occur.
10 am-5 pm • The Cozy Nest Christmas Open House
519 S. Broadway - See their new Christmas Decor and enter to win giveaways
4-6:30 pm • Romer’s Catering Delightful Dinner Buffet
118 E. Main St. - Reservations required, includes free premier parking. Call 937-548-2202 to reserve your spot
4-7 pm • Shop & Dine Downtown Before the Parade
Over 30 independent shops and dining establishments
5-7 pm • FREE Pony Rides
First Congregational Christian Church - 115 W. 5th St. - Located on the side lawn
5:00-6:00 pm • JoEllen Melling & Jennifer Peck
Local singers, performing your favorite holiday hits in front of the Darke County Courthouse, corner of 4th & S. Broadway
5:30-7:00 pm • Greenville Middle School Carolers
Enjoy this roaming performance by local 7th and 8th graders as they travel around downtown spreading cheer
5:30-7:00 pm • Big Brothers Big Sisters Open House
205 E. 4th Street - Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies
5:45-6:45 pm • Chelsea & John
Local singers, performing your favorite holiday hits at the Circle Fountain, intersection of Broadway & Main St.
6-8 pm • HER Realtors Holiday Open House
537 S. Broadway, Suite 202, located on the Second Floor, follow the signs - refreshments, appetizers & music
7 pm • 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade
Over 70 lighted horse-drawn carriages, hitches and riders illuminate South Broadway for a grand holiday tradition
Main Street Greenville would like to thank the families who bring their horses to this parade event. “It is a lot of work for them. They arrive at the staging area as early as 3 pm to prepare for the event. The parade simply would not be possible without their commitment and we are grateful for their contribution to make this a great holiday tradition,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.
Main Street Greenville also thanks the local businesses who help to sponsor this annual event, a full list of sponsors can be found on their website. This year's Platinum Parade Sponsors are Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Federal, and Edison State Community College. “We are thankful for our sponsors’ support. Many are continued sponsors who help us create this event for our community each year,” said Peggy Schultz, Board President for Main Street Greenville.
Please visit www.mainstreetgreeville.org or www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville for more information about Main Street Greenville and the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or email@example.com.