"Parade" Medicine Lodge Travelogue by basstbn

Medicine Lodge Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 57 photos

Snowflake

Pre-parade entertainment included this wonderful clown who cheerfully shared the news of God's love, not to mention some goodies, with eager kiddies. A delightful lady who put everybody in a good mood.

The Chief

Honored at the beginning of the parade were chiefs from the prairie nations assembled. This gentleman was followed by a number of dancers.

Conquistadores

There were, of course, the customary marching bands, classic cars, and commercial floats in this parade, but most of the units, also particpants in the Peace Treaty Pageant, commemorated the history of the area.

Such was the case with this group representing the 16th century exploration by Spanish explorer Coronado.

The Prairie Schooner

Covered wagons such as this began crossing the plains as early as the 1840s, some carrying settlers to the west, some as commercial trading ventures, hauling goods to western settlements such as that at Santa Fe.

Early pioneers likened these conveyences to ocean going schooners, except this version crossed an ocean of grassland. Hence the name "Prairie Schooner." Some were pulled by horses, some by oxen, some by mules.

Stage Coach

The stage coach soon became a "rapid" means of conveyence from one town to another.

Bull-riding

Not the rodeo variety of bull-riding, is it? You will note that the fellow atop this bull is rather large and appears to be quite strong. It was comforting to know that he was on this beast - not a weakling!

A hanging

Just what every parade needs - a good lynching. This is either prairie "justice" or vengence at work.

Break-down

Ever been to a parade when there wasn't at least one mechanical failure? I haven't. In this case, the antique horseless carriage was small and light enough to be pushed by a couple of boys.

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