Texas A&M’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry to Ride in 130th Rose Parade®

The historic ride will take place on New Years Day!

COLLEGE STATION, Dec 27, 2018–

A Historic Ride for Parsons Mounted Cavalry by the Numbers

Forty horses and mules. Fifty cadets. Five trucks and trailers. Ten thousand pounds of hay. Two thousand pounds of feed. Ten days and 1,500 miles. What does a historic trip to the 130th Rose Parade look like for Parsons Mounted Cavalry?

On January 1, 2019, the country will be introduced to Parsons Mounted Cavalry, a special mounted unit within the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. It will be the first time for any group within the Corps to ride in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

Leading up to the historic ride along the five-and-a-half-mile parade route, cadets and horses will make the 23-hour journey from College Station, Texas to Pasadena, California. It’s a huge undertaking for the group and one that’s been completely coordinated and planned by the cadets.

Preparation for the trip started months ago. Public Relations officer, Macey Hudson, says all members of Parsons have put in a lot of hard work. “This is the biggest trip for Parsons to this day. Everyone has put in extra hours each week to do whatever needs to be done.”  The trip was broken into several components–public relations, supplies, transportation and location stops between Texas and California–with cadets overseeing each component.

It’s a 3 day journey from Texas to California. The group will stop in Fort Davis, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona before finally arriving in Pasadena, California. Cadets oversaw the logistics for each stop on the trip and were responsible for securing meals for the group and lodging for the animals, cadets and adults.

Rose Marshall, a native of Los Angeles, California and commanding officer of Parsons Mounted Cavalry, submitted Parsons to the Rose Parade selection committee. “The Rose Parade is a widely televised parade, and like Texas A&M, filled with traditions. As a group we decided to apply in hopes of being able to be a part of it”. It will be a nice homecoming for Rose. Not only will her return home allow her to see family and friends, but they’ll get to see the part of her life that’s normally reserved for Texas. “It means a lot for the members of PMC to be able to represent the Corps and Texas A&M in such an incredible parade. We plan to leave a little bit of Aggie Spirit in Pasadena”, said Marshall.

For more information about Parsons Mounted Cavalry and their ride in the Rose Parade, visit corps.tamu.edu/Roses2019. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #cavtocali.

Parsons Mounted Cavalry is the only collegiate mounted cavalry unit in the nation. As members of Parsons, cadets oversee the care and maintenance of approximately 70 horses and mules. The Corps of Cadets is the largest, oldest and most visible student organization and leadership training program at Texas A&M University.  It is one of the largest uniformed bodies of students in the nation.

About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.

Media Contacts:

Amy Thompson, 580.235.1053, amy.thompson@tamu.edu

Brittany Coker, 214.502.3812, bcoker@corps.tamu.edu

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Texas A&M’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry to Ride in 130th Rose Parade®

COLLEGE STATION, Dec 27, 2018–

A Historic Ride for Parsons Mounted Cavalry by the Numbers

Forty horses and mules. Fifty cadets. Five trucks and trailers. Ten thousand pounds of hay. Two thousand pounds of feed. Ten days and 1,500 miles. What does a historic trip to the 130th Rose Parade look like for Parsons Mounted Cavalry?

On January 1, 2019, the country will be introduced to Parsons Mounted Cavalry, a special mounted unit within the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. It will be the first time for any group within the Corps to ride in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

Leading up to the historic ride along the five-and-a-half-mile parade route, cadets and horses will make the 23-hour journey from College Station, Texas to Pasadena, California. It’s a huge undertaking for the group and one that’s been completely coordinated and planned by the cadets.

Preparation for the trip started months ago. Public Relations officer, Macey Hudson, says all members of Parsons have put in a lot of hard work. “This is the biggest trip for Parsons to this day. Everyone has put in extra hours each week to do whatever needs to be done.”  The trip was broken into several components–public relations, supplies, transportation and location stops between Texas and California–with cadets overseeing each component.

It’s a 3 day journey from Texas to California. The group will stop in Fort Davis, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona before finally arriving in Pasadena, California. Cadets oversaw the logistics for each stop on the trip and were responsible for securing meals for the group and lodging for the animals, cadets and adults.

Rose Marshall, a native of Los Angeles, California and commanding officer of Parsons Mounted Cavalry, submitted Parsons to the Rose Parade selection committee. “The Rose Parade is a widely televised parade, and like Texas A&M, filled with traditions. As a group we decided to apply in hopes of being able to be a part of it”. It will be a nice homecoming for Rose. Not only will her return home allow her to see family and friends, but they’ll get to see the part of her life that’s normally reserved for Texas. “It means a lot for the members of PMC to be able to represent the Corps and Texas A&M in such an incredible parade. We plan to leave a little bit of Aggie Spirit in Pasadena”, said Marshall.

For more information about Parsons Mounted Cavalry and their ride in the Rose Parade, visit corps.tamu.edu/Roses2019. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #cavtocali.

Parsons Mounted Cavalry is the only collegiate mounted cavalry unit in the nation. As members of Parsons, cadets oversee the care and maintenance of approximately 70 horses and mules. The Corps of Cadets is the largest, oldest and most visible student organization and leadership training program at Texas A&M University.  It is one of the largest uniformed bodies of students in the nation.

About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.

Media Contacts:

Amy Thompson, 580.235.1053, amy.thompson@tamu.edu

Brittany Coker, 214.502.3812, bcoker@corps.tamu.edu

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About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 130th Rose Parade themed “The Melody of Life,” on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, followed by the 105th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.