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Culver Academies horse team to participate in virtual Inauguration Day parade

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jan 19, 2021

CULVER — Indiana will be represented in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Wednesday for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Culver Academies’ Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes will be part of the "Parade Across America" event that features entries from all 50 states, plus several territories and the District of Columbia.

This will be the Culver Academies' 18th appearance in the Inauguration Parade. The first was in 1913.

The northern Indiana boarding school submitted a video of the 48 troopers and 22 equestriennes in parade formation last week and was notified Monday that they had made the cut yet again.

The Culver Military Academy's troopers and the Culver Girls Academy equestrienne team represent 14 states and six countries.

"We are honored to be invited to take part in the Presidential Inaugural Parade, the 18th for our school," Doug Bird, Culver's head of schools, said. "It is a privilege to continue this prestigious tradition, and it reflects Culver's time-honored values of leadership and service.”

The first time Culver appeared in the Inauguration Parade was in 1913, the second in 1917. After, Culver went 40 years before returning to Washington in 1957 for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s second term. The boarding school has been represented by mounted units at every parade since, except in 1993 for President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural parade.

You can watch them live at at 3:15 p.m.