El Desfile Histórico, aka the Fiesta horse parade, took place this past Friday on State Street. For approximately 1.4 miles, or 14 city blocks, horses pranced
in front of adoring parade viewers who threw flowers and confetti while chanting "Viva La fiesta!" Our local parade is known for being one of the largest horse
parades in the whole United States. But how many horses are there exactly? This is a question Ed thought of nearly 10 years ago, being the counter that he his.
Every year a member of the Dedicated Staff stands on State Street with a counter in one hand and camera in the other. Last year there were 474 horses and
in 2012 there were 477. Just in case you were counting alongside the Dedicated Staff, remember we don't count mules or donkeys, just the horses. It's not that
we have anything against mules or donkeys, it just makes counting a little more challenging.
This year we counted 461 horses in the parade. The guesses were so very close! Two edhat subscribers tied by guessing 462 horses,
Roger Dodger and Lucky777. However, since Roger is an edhat staff member he's automatically disqualified (sorry Roger, but great
job guessing!). That makes Lucky777 the winner!
Track the counting progression with our edhat Count Chart below:
Every year there is a mix of donkeys and mules in the parade too. This year seemed a little higher than most. Although we didn't count them, Ed didn't
want these guys and gals to feel left out, so here are a few donkey/mule photos.
Here are some more parade highlights below!
El Presidente Dennis Rickard
Assemblymember Das Williams and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson