Only Collegiate Mounted Cavalry in America Prepares to March in Rose Parade

Published : Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 4:47 AM

Texas A&M University’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry will be one of 18 equestrian groups that are participating in the 130th Rose Parade, presented by Honda, January 1, 2019 in Pasadena.

Parsons Mounted Cavalry, the only collegiate mounted cavalry unit in the nation, announced Tuesday it has been invited to join America’s New Year Celebration and is now preparing for the Parade.

With 50 cadets and 40 horses and mules, the unit will travel three days by truck and trailer to California days before the New Year. They will ride along the five and a half mile parade route in Pasadena on Tuesday, January 1.

“We are thrilled that Parsons Mounted Cavalry has been extended an invitation to participate in such a prestigious event as the Rose Parade in Pasadena,” Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, said. “This is a first for our Corps, and we are proud that PMC will represent the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University with pride and distinction in the Rose Parade.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Rose Marshall, PMC’s commanding officer. “We’re so excited to be able to represent Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets in this huge parade. We just want to get PMC out there so that people outside of Texas know who we are, what we do and how we represent Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets.”

The whole Parsons Mounted Cavalry unit consists of 78 junior and senior cadets and 70 horses and mules. It was named after Col. Thomas R. Parsons, a former Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. The horse combat unit consists of cavalry, artillery and quartermaster elements.

Military training at Texas A&M included mounted drill until 1943, when the U.S. Army disbanded its horse operations. The Class of 1974 revived the Cavalry tradition, and since then military horse training has been part of the ROTC course to teach cadets self-discipline, confidence, leadership, and decision-making.

There are currently 90 cadets and 50 horses in the unit, according to the PMC website.

In existence for 44 years, Parsons Mounted Cavalry is the first special unit in Corps of Cadets history to be invited to the Rose Parade.

To learn more about PMC, visit

Last month, the Tournament of Roses announced the 18 equestrian groups taking part in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The groups are also invited to take part in the Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo, which will take place on Saturday, December 29, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

During Equestfest, groups perform trick riding, drills, dancing and roping skills, and attendees can walk through the stables and speak with the riders.

For a full list of the equestrian groups, visit

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