CPD Mounted Unit at The U.S. Presidential Inaugural Day Parades


On January 20, 1989, the Cleveland Mounted Unit marched in the Inaugural Parade for George H.W. Bush. The twelve horses and riders were the only Mounted Unit in the parade, which ran along a 1.6 mile long route. The Ohio State Marching Band marched immediately behind the Cleveland Mounted Unit. The mounted officers received complimentary air fare from Continental Airlines while the horses were trucked to Washington, DC.

The Cleveland Mounted Unit marching in the 1989 Inaugural Parade wore a full Class A uniform, which included white gloves, campaign hats, yellow dickies and citation cords (originally purchased for the 1973 Inaugural Parade), unloaded .38 caliber weapons, Bengal lancers with pennons, modified McClellan-style saddles, blue and white saddle blankets with yellow trim, and white parade ropes for the twelve horses.


CPD Mounted Unit selfie, 1989


The Mounted Unit was invited to march in five inaugural parades:

  • 1921 for Warren G. Harding
  • 1953 for Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1973 for Richard Nixon (did not march due to a clerical error)
  • 1985 for Ronald Reagan (cancelled due to weather)
Cleveland Mounted Unit at the Eisenhower Inaugural Parade on January 20, 1953

Cleveland Mounted Unit practicing for the 1953 Inaugural Parade
Cleveland Mounted Unit at the Eisenhower Inaugural Parade on January 20, 1953
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