Floral Fete Promenade and Congress Park Ice Cream Social 

The Saratoga 150 Committee and Saratoga 150 Honorary Chairs Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson hosted a Floral Fete Promenade and Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 2, 2013.

The Promenade traveled down Broadway between the City Center (Walton St.) and Congress Park – featuring carriages decorated in flowers and greenery, vintage cars, floral floats and neighbors in their self-decorated bicycles, baby carriages, wagons and other “contraptions on wheels”. Participants were escorted by famous jockeys on the Saratoga 150 starting gate.  Marylou and John led the carriages, accompanied by film and TV star Susan Lucci and Helmut Huber.

• Free ice cream by Stewart’s Shops.
• Free water by Saratoga Water.
• Free carousel rides with Marylou’s and John’s Saratoga
• 150 tokens.
• Music by Skip Parsons Riverboat Jazz Band, the Music
• Studio Kids and Saratoga Sound Track.
• Picture taking areas with old-time Floral Fete cut-outs
• (bring the camera).
• Magic, clowns, balloon art and stilt walking.
• Neighbors in Victorian costumes.
• Display of the flowered carriages (until approximately
• 8:45 pm).
• Cake cutting and Happy Birthday songs

The Saratoga 150 Committee gratefully acknowledges the overwhelming generosity of Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson; the extremely generous support of Stewart’s Shops, Saratoga Water, New York Flower Power, and Mazzone Hospitality; and for the generosity of several other area organizations – Michael Panza and Fine Affairs, AJ Signs, Freihofer’s, DA Collins, and the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY. And sincere special thanks to the dozens of volunteers who made these events possible.

Congratulations to the Floral Fete winners:

Most creative: Shaun Donegan and Kim Zimbal


1st - Regina Reals and the Independent Square kids
2nd - Heidi Behren-Angelo and Anthony Angelo
3rd - Saratoga Golf and Polo Clubs’ rolling tennis court

Baby carriages:

1st - Barbara Hefter and Rachel Walts
2nd - Patricia Huggins and Ella Bartgis
3rd - Abby and Susan Wilson


1st - The Fuller family
2nd - Nicholas, Matthew and Kay Ann Hayes
3rd - The Blaum family

Kids’ bikes:

1st - Kiera Schloeder, Shaelyn Steere, Olivia Harmon and Hannah Duecker
2nd - Eva Rodriguez
3rd - Karina Dalton

Adult bikes:

1st - Julie and Cameron Rapelje
2nd - Jean Tarrant
3rd - Stacey and Lilyana Goodman

A special thank you to the judges - Barbara Lombardo, Fran Dingeman and Jenny Witte.

Floral Fete Promenade Video:

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Historic Floral Fete Photos From Saratoga Springs:

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