Our 27th Tub Parade will be held on September 7, 2019
See the 2019 Tub Parade Program for the listing of parade exhibitors
Signup Form for Exhibitors
About the Lenox Tub Parade
The Gilded Age will come alive on September 7, 2019, featuring the Tub Parade in Lenox, MA. Colonial Carriage and Driving Society reinvented this beautiful parade over 27 years ago and is a state-recognized Gilded Age event. It’s a carefully crafted tribute to a bygone era of the horse and carriage that draws residents and visitors to the Lenox downtown.
The caravan of decorated horse drawn carriages traces its origins to the mid 1880s. The Lenox floral parade, as it was called back then, was a quintessential high-society event showcasing women and children in their finery at the close of the high season. The Tubs (an Irish expression of a horse drawn cart) were decorated with flowers and autumnal decorations from local gardens as participants competed for recognition.
Today there is only one other horse drawn parade still in existence called the battle of the flowers in California–still going for over 109 years.
Don’t miss the follow-up event Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall at 3:30 pm, also in Lenox, where you can learn more about the history of the Tub Parade. Ventfort Hall board member and veteran Lenox Tub Parade participant Tjasa Sprague will present a Tea & Talk on the story of this traditional event that dates back to the Gilded Age in the Berkshires. Her presentation will be followed by a Victorian Tea.