Llama Cowboys on Parade
Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano
March 20th, 2004
Imagine if you will my thoughts when the Parade committee informed me that our 18 Llamas were going to be joined by no less than 550 horses. The visions of making the 6 o’clock news as the lead story that the City of San Juan Capistrano had been destroyed by a horse stampede caused by llamas spooking the horses crossed my mind more than once.
As it turned out all my worrying was for nothing as we had no incidents and in fact most of the horses didn’t even seem to notice us.
The day started out early with all of us trying to find parking and me trying to find everybody and get their signatures on the release. Thank god for cell phones and some preplanning. Everyone that we encountered from the Fiesta committee was very helpful and supportive. In fact they made it a point of giving us a grassy area in the shade in which to stage our animals so they wouldn’t get hot.
All our LASC cowboys were dressed up in their best Sunday go to meetin’ clothes handlers and in some cases the Llamas also. When it was time to start and we were led down the parade route by Barbie Lemieux with Austin and Kyle riding in a covered wagon pulled by a Llama. The wagon was designed by Barbie and all the construction was done by her oldest son. She even had Llama Association of Southern California in bold letters written on both sides of it. It looked really great and both Dave Adkins and I both thought the same thing “I gotta build me one of these”. Good work Barbie.
Next came the carts with the Russi family driving two Llamas followed by Eileen Ditsler with Chillout and Pat Leighton and Dave Adkins driving Dave’s latest cart with the a surrey top. If you haven’t tried driving yet you don’t know how much fun you are missing out on.
Our group continued with Russ Lewis and a friend of Crystal Meyer’s leading Llamas wearing trail packs. The Llama cowboys Deiberts Linden and Lorna and Crystal and Dylan Meyers followed right behind waving at the crowd.
And finally last but by no means least the anchors of our group Robin Deutschman, Rex Earick, Justin Bohac and Katie Eaton. As usual Robin had her Llamas creatively decorated wearing colorful hats and costumes. Great job Robin the crowd really enjoyed them.
The parade went on without a hitch and the crowds had very positive things to say about us. Everyone had a good time and “Llamas on Parade” was once again a big hit. Thank you to all that participated.
Norma Stevens (760) 751-2603