The “Saddle Up, Let’s Ride” Parade is the kick-off event for the Trails, Rails and Tales celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
The best place to view the parade will be along Cedar Street. At the intersection of NW 2nd and Cedar, bleachers will be set up on the east side of the intersection for a viewing area where demonstrations and musical performances will take place.
The historic parade lineup includes the Ft. Riley Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, Abilene Municipal Band, a Native American dance demonstration, Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooters, McPherson Silver Buckle Drill Team and an appearance from “Joseph McCoy,” originator of the Abilene Cattle Trail. For the parade finale, cowboys will drive a herd of about 30 longhorn cattle along the parade route and into Old Abilene Town.