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95th Annual Wissahickon Day Parade to be held April 24th, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by WDP Admin   

The 2016 annual Wissahickon Day Parade (WDP) will be held on Sunday, April 24th in Fairmount Park.  The parade is the oldest annual equine parade in the US and is sponsored by the Wissahickon Valley Riding and Driving Association (WVRDA).

The WDP has a rich history; tradition dictates that only riders and drivers participate, no one walks.  This tradition relates to the purpose of the original 1921 parade, which was to protest the proposal to open the main Fairmount Park path to automobiles.  A “Save the Wissahickon” campaign rallied hundreds of equestrians and thousands of spectators.  Forbidden Drive got its name from the proposal’s defeat, hence cars are ‘forbidden’.

The Parade will start at 12:00, departing from Harper’s Meadow.  Line-up will start with carriages, in front of Northwestern Equestrian Facility (NWEF) at approximately 11:45.  Riders will fall in line behind the carriages starting at Harper’s Meadow.  The Parade will travel to Forbidden drive and continue along the Drive to the judging area at Valley Green Inn.

A Horse show will precede the parade, with classes held in the outdoor arena of NWEF.  The horse show will start at 10:00 AM.  Classes include English, Western, Stable Group and Carriages.  Registration for both the Show and the Parade starts at 9:00 AM.

Spectators can watch the horse show from the bleachers in front of the ring in Harper’s Meadow and Parade viewing is available anywhere along Forbidden Drive.  The judging area in front of Valley Green Inn is the most popular Parade viewing site.  Picnic areas are available throughout the park.  Food and beverages are available at Valley Green Inn. (reservations recommended)

Northwestern Ave will be closed to traffic and parking to accommodate horse trailers and carriages. Parking will be available in the upper lots at Valley Green.

Parade planning continues, for more information or for registration contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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2016 Registration Form PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 24 2016       Wissahickon Day Parade brought to you by Movie Tavern

Always the last Sunday in April!

$10 all classes/ $10 parade ($5 all classes with four+ from same stable)

Participants must be registered for insurance purposes.

First pre-registered 30 riders receive saddlebag/horse supplies ($25 value)





Barn Name/Location/Details


Horse Name/Breed/Year/Details


Carriage Details (if applicable):


Jr. English: walk/trot both directions

Jr. English: walk/trot/canter both directions

Sr. English: walk/trot both directions

Sr. English: walk/trot/canter both directions

Sr./Jr. Western: walk/jog both directions

Sr./Jr. Western: walk/jog/lope both directions

Carriage single/pair; 2 & 4 wheels

Stable group 3 rider minimum


Standard Liability Release Wissahickon Day Parade and Show 2016

In participating in the Wissahickon Day Parade and Show, I accept and assume all risks on injury (including death) to myself and or my property.  In exchange for participating in the Parade and Show, for myself, my heirs and legal representatives, I release and hold harmless Wissahickon Valley Riding and Driving Assoc., the City of Philadelphia, the Fairmount Park Commission, the Friends of the Wissahickon, Chestnut Hill College, Northwestern Stables Inc., all volunteers and all persons affiliated with the Wissahickon Day Parade and Show, for any injury, to me or any damage to my property, arising out of my participation.  Must sign on-site; parent must sign for participant under 18.


Print name Emergency Contact & Cell   Signature


Print name Emergency Contact & Cell   Signature



Email pre-registration to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or WVRDA, 3619 Haywood St., Phila, 19129

Extreme weather cancels show and parade – Go to FB Page for cancellation that morning

Registration starts at 9 am. Show starts at 10 am.

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Wissahickon Day Memorial Ride & Show Location and Directions PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 April 2010 17:59

The Wissahickon Day Memorial Ride & Show takes place at Harper's Meadow in Fairmount Park, at the northwest corner of Philadelphia.

Click here or click the map for directions.

Haper's Meadow

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