Snowcats, snowmobiles, boats tow Diamond Hitch Parade skiers
Steamboat Springs — Machinery outnumbered horses when it came to pulling skiers and snowboarders in Sunday’s Diamond Hitch Parade, a signature event during the annual Winter Carnival.
Using the diamond hitch formation, groups of four or more skiers and riders were pulled down Lincoln Avenue attached to snowcats, snowmobiles, trailers, converted vehicles with snow tracks for wheels and even a power boat from the Milner Mall, which itself was being pulled by a pickup truck.
Joining the parade were more than a dozen entries, including Routt County Democrats, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club teams and Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, which included diamond hitches of skiers making use of adaptive skiing equipment.
Strawberry Park Elementary students Kellen and Dylan Gormley and Matthias Egger gathered to watch the parade in front of F.M. Light & Sons, and each had a different favorite parade entry.
“I like the Emerald Mountain School one, because they were giving out candy, and I have a lot of friends that go to that school,” said Kellen, 9.
Joseph Graham said he and his girlfriend always plan their Steamboat ski vacations on a week that includes part of Winter Carnival.
“One time, we just happened to book a trip around the Winter Carnival, and we’ve been coming back ever since,” said Graham, who traveled to Steamboat from New Jersey. “It’s always a lot of fun.”
Graham said his girlfriend usually takes photos to show to people back home.
“It’s the only place you can see a parade on a road covered in snow, and you tell people about it back at home,” Graham said. “It’s just a whole other mentality of how to enjoy winter.”
Steamboat Springs resident Michelle Teachout brought daughters Emma, 11, and Molly 7, to the parade — an annual tradition for the family.
“We liked the horses,” Teachout said. “We thought there was a good mix of horses in there.”
The Penguin Plunge parade entry, which included participants dressed as penguins, was Molly’s favorite.
The five-day 2015 Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday afternoon with Alpine ski jumping finals and a parent-child downhill skiing event on Howelsen Hill.
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