The night before the 150th anniversary of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, flower-covered bicycles, baby carriages and wagons reminiscent of the early days of racing will parade down Broadway.
A Floral Fete similar to those in the late 1800s and early 1900s will include horse-shaped vintage wagons and a surrey pedal-car on Aug. 2 as part of the summer-long Saratoga 150 celebration.
Art-minded Saratoga County residents can take part by decorating their own nonmotorized vehicles and riding them in the parade. Today is the deadline to register to do so. Visit www.saratoga150.com to sign up. Email questions to FloralFete@Saratoga150.com.
Those who participate can get prizes, including $1,000 for the most creative entry overall and $150, $100 and $50 cash prizes in the categories of best child’s bicycle, best wagon, best baby carriage, best adult bicycle and best contraption on wheels.
Judges will consider the flowers and design, plus creativity and historical relevance. Most entrants will use real flowers, but handmade crepe paper flowers will be accepted on children’s entries and high-quality silk-like flowers are also OK.
The public can line the sidewalks and watch as the promenade begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the north end of Broadway, at the intersection with Van Dam Street and the Route 50 arterial.
Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson will lead the fete in a carriage decorated with pink roses, and 14 carriages behind them will carry local dignitaries.
Public entrants will join the parade at Walton Street.
It ends at Congress Park with an ice cream social hosted by Whitney and Hendrickson that includes ragtime music, strolling entertainers and child performers.
Prizes will be announced at Canfield Casino in the park during the social.