Each year, on the last Sunday in April, folks have come to the Wissahickon to celebrate the fact that “Forbidden Drive” was successfully closed to cars in 1921. Around that time, a turnpike through the park was proposed, but equestrian park users protested with a parade of carriages and riders. Hundreds of horses, ridden or pulling carriages turned out during this original protest. Fortunately, the initiative was defeated.
If you are a hiker, biker, rider, stroller, ambler, bird-watcher, or other park user, be sure to come out on Sunday, April 27, 2014, to join in this year’s festivities. Can you imagine how different your park experience would be now if the events of 1921 had turned out differently? Forbidden drive would be a roadway!
Of course, Wissahickon Day includes traditional equestrian events. A horse show at Northwestern Stables will start at 10 AM, featuring English and Western riders as well as carriages. A Fancy Hat competition will take place at approximately 11 AM with prizes awarded in three categories: fancy, clever, funny. After the show, parade line up begins and will proceed along Forbidden Drive.
So bring your cameras and be ready to show appreciation for the 4-legged animals that kept the 4-wheeled motor vehicles at bay!
New for 2014: Fancy Hat Contest! Prizes in three categories: fancy, clever, funny.
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