Updated-- HSU director of bands, Dr. Wayne Dorothy, says he recieved official word from organizers that the parade has been canceled. The "World Famous" Cowboy Band and the HSU Six White Horses team have been staples of the Dallas Children's Hospital Parade since its inception 26 years ago.
More than three times the population of Abilene is expected to turn out for the parade that will draw around 350,000 people to downtown Dallas, Saturday, December 7, 2013. The Hardin-Simmons University “World Famous” Cowboy Band and the HSU Six White Horses Team will participate for the 26th year in the parade that starts at 10 a.m.
Cowboy Band director, Dr. Wayne Dorothy, says the band has been in every performance since the parade started in 1988 as a fundraiser for the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Dorothy says, “The Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade sponsors pay for transportation and other expenses of the band and the horses to ensure the HSU icons will be there.” Dorothy adds, “This one event puts the name of Hardin-Simmons and Abilene, Texas, before millions of people each year.”
While 350,000 people are expected to be on the parade route, the event is broadcast in the Metroplex and will be in syndication in more than 100-million homes across the country during the month of December.
Debra Jones, the director of the Six White Horses Team at HSU, says the team will leave for Dallas on Thursday afternoon so they can stop and perform at the Breckenridge, Texas, Christmas parade and in the Ranger Christmas parade, both at 6 p.m. Jones says the horses will also perform in the Parade of Lights through downtown Abilene on December 3.
Jones says she has a lot of good young horses coming up on the 15-member team, but she has chosen HSU’s most seasoned horses for the large parade. “Parades are loud and busy so it takes some de-sensitizing before we take the younger horses to a parade. This year we have chosen Cotton, Oscar, Napoleon, Casper, Spirit, and Powder to march in Dallas,” says Jones.
Dorothy offers, “If anyone is not able to make it to the Dallas parade, they are welcomed to watch the Cowboy Band march the HSU campus and some of the neighborhood streets as they practice for the Dallas parade.” The outdoor rehearsals will be Monday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 4, 2013, starting from the Cowboy Band Hall on Cedar Street about 4 p.m. through 4:50 p.m.
The “World Famous” Cowboy band is one of 15 bands in the parade and one of five university bands.
The Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Commerce Street in downtown Dallas, Saturday, December 7. For parade information, go to: