Our 25th Tub Parade is coming up on
The Gilded Age comes alive this weekend as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of the town of Lenox with the 25th annual Tub Parade in Lenox, MA. It’s a carefully
crafted tribute to a bygone era of the horse and carriage that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to the streets of Lenox each year.
The parade will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 1:30 PM in the center of Lenox.
The carriages will leave from 45 West Street. The parade will start at Cliffwood and Main St. and proceed up Main Street to Church and Franklin Street and then around the same route again before returning back to the staging area at 45 West St.
There will be donkeys, ponies, miniature horses, horses, coach horses, and draft horses of all sizes decorated with flowers. The caravan of lavishly decorated horse-drawn carriages traces its origins to the mid-1880s Lenox Floral Parade–a quintessential high-society event showcasing women and children in their finery at the close of high season.
The tubs (an Irish expression for a particular kind of cart) were decorated with flowers and autumnal decorations from local gardens as participants competed for recognition. It was “a beautiful spectacle and the finest parade ever seen in town” according to a detailed 1888 article in the New York Times.
The gilded age and the parade disappeared after World War I when the imposition of the income tax spelled doom for the era of extravagant wealth and summer social seasons in the Berkshires then known as the summer Newport. In 1990, the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and Colonial Carriage & Driving Society reinvented the Tub Parade in order to bring the history and tradition of the parade back to Lenox and to showcase impeccably groomed horses and well turned-out carriages.
Clearing the parade route for the carriages will be Gunnard and Janice Gudmundson in the 1915 Rolls Royce convertible for the lead carriage driven by Mary Stokes Waller.
Mary’s great-grandfather Anson Phelps Stokes was grand Marshall of the Tub Parade in 1892. This year’s 25th annual Tub Parade Grand Marshall is Mr. Charles Flint. Charles is president of the Lenox Historical Society and he is riding with Mary Stokes Waller of Stockbridge in her Spider Phaeton carriage.
Harvey Waller, the Society’s president and Tub Parade organizer will drive the four Dutch horses put to the yellow Brewster Park drag coach–the last vehicle in the parade.
We are pleased to have as our announcer Jeff Morse from Richmond and Maureen Gamelli as our Parade Coordinator.
The Tub Parade showcases the pageantry and beauty of the horses and carriages that played such an important role in the Gilded Age. Colonial Carriage is proud to bring this
parade to you.
We hope you will enjoy the town of Lenox by doing some shopping, having lunch, and then settling back to watch the Tub Parade.
We would like to thank our sponsors that helped to make the Tub Parade possible:
Town of Lenox
Lenox Chamber of Commerce
Adams Community Bank
Ani & Jamie Kiggen