Originally created 01/26/01

Parade will turn Broad Street into Old West



Under ordinary circumstances, the resemblance between Broad Street and the Oregon Trail is fleeting at best.

But not on Sunday.

The creaking of the Conestoga and the echo of pounding hooves will echo from GreenJacket Stadium to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, turning the Broad Street route into a slice of the Old West.

The official kickoff for the Augusta Futurity, the Augusta Futurity Parade rolls out at 2 p.m., traveling down Milledge Road to Broad Street and then down Broad to Seventh Street before ending at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center parking lot.

The parade is open to all comers with the following caveat - no engines.

"There are no entry requirements," said Derek May, Futurity Parade Committee chairman. "Anybody with a horse or nonmotorized vehicle drawn by an animal may participate. We don't really know what we are going to get until people show up. That's what makes this parade unique."

In previous years, the parade has included anywhere from 100 to several hundred participants.

"It really depends on the weather," Mr. May said.

Mr. May said that, despite the planning and the problems that result from animals strolling down city streets, the effort is worth it.

"It's an awareness thing," he said. "We feel this will bring a lot of local people that are interested in horses and remind them that the Futurity is going on, kind of funnel them toward the event."

On parade

What: The Augusta Futurity parade

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Begins at Milledge Road, proceeds east on Broad Street, then right on Seventh Street to end at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center parking lot

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or suhles@hotmail.com.