Toyota’s Grand Parade of Horses

Saturday, September 7 at 5 p.m.

Help us celebrate horse heritage in the Bluegrass with the only full horse parade in Kentucky, the Grand Parade of Horses! This highly-anticipated event begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 in Downtown Georgetown.

  • This 1.2 mile-long all-horse parade includes riders, drill teams, horse-drawn vehicles and more! Any and all horses are welcomed but they must be parade ready.
  • We feature “Breeds” as an educational part of the parade. Signage is available for breeds on a first come, first serve basis.
  • This year’s Grand Horse Parade will feature 5 judged categories: Individual Best Costume (ages 16+), Individual Best Costume (ages under 16), Best Group Costume, Silver Stirrup Award and Non-Costume Group.
  • 1st place receives $100 and ribbon, 2nd place receives $50 and ribbon, and 3rd place receives $25 and  ribbon! *All participants take home a “Participation Ribbon” for joining us in the festivities!

Grand Marshal – Oliver from the Kentucky Horse Park

Meet Oliver!

You may have seen Oliver welcoming guests to the park each day or while patrolling one of our many world-class equine events. He has been a member of the KHP Mounted Police force for the past six years. An 11-year old Shire Cross, Oliver stands heads above any crowd with his black and white pinto pattern and partner Captain Lisa Rakes mounted upon his back.

Captain Rakes says of Oliver, “He loves people, loves being the center of attention and is a great ambassador of the Kentucky Horse Park.”

Applications for the Grand Horse Parade are ABSOLUTELY FREE and available in the links (click the text) below. (You may complete the online or paper application)




Applications are due by Wednesday, September 5th. Applications can be mailed to: Festival of the Horse, P.O. Box 676, Georgetown or faxed to: 502-863-2561 or emailed to: or completed through the online format.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky!

Special thanks to our parade volunteers at the Georgetown Woman’s Club.

The Festival of the Horse is brought to you by a subcommittee of the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission.