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Tucson Rodeo Parade 2018
February 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
The Tucson Rodeo Parade is one of the longest non-motorized parades in the world and a 93-year Tucson tradition bringing the vibrant history and colors of the Southwest to life each February in conjunction with La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, The Tucson Rodeo.
An average of 150,000 spectators line the streets in southern Tucson in anticipation of the parade. The 93rd Annual Desfile de los Vaqueros, the Tucson Rodeo Parade, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
Included in the procession will be local and national dignitaries, Native American royalty and performers, historical wagons and colorful floats, marching bands and mariachis, royalty from five rodeos and working cowboys. The League of Mexican-American Women and Mormon Battalion are entries that have been in the parade greater than 33 consecutive years. In all, the parade features 130 entries – consisting of over 650 horses, approximately 2,500 people, 89 wagons and buggies and 11 marching bands. Continuing the tradition of no motorized entries, the entire parade is propelled by real horsepower.
Entries compete in 21 classes ranging from Western Riding Groups and Historical to Most Comical and Multiple-team Hitch. There are three special awards: The Curt Sullivan Sweepstakes award (overall best entry) the Chairman’s Award and the Judge’s Award; and two special band awards named after past Parade Committee members, the Paul Grimes award (Outstanding music performance) and the Bucky Steele award (Outstanding marching performance).
WHEN: 9 AM, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
WHERE: The parade route circles the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Entrants start at Ajo Way and Fair Avenue, travel east to Park Avenue, south on Park Avenue, west onto Irvington Road and north on Sixth Avenue where they return to the Rodeo Grounds. The route is approximately 2.5 miles in length. Parking is available to the public at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds before 8 a.m., when Tucson Police close down the streets to accommodate the Tucson Rodeo Parade.
COST: The parade is FREE to spectators along most of its route. Ticketed grandstand seating that includes pre-parade entertainment is also available next to the Rodeo Grounds on Irvington Road. Grandstand tickets are $10 each for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Pre-parade entertainment includes Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School, the Sons of Orpheus men’s chorus, and a showdown gunfight show featuring the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros.
MUSEUM: The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is open now through April 7, 2018. * Here you can walk among more than 125 horse-drawn vehicles and great displays featuring life as it was in late 19th century Tucson.
The Museum is at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, corner of 6th Ave and Irvington Road. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; closed Sundays. Museum admission donation is $10 per adult; $7 for seniors over 65; children under 16 are $2. Private tours may be arranged year-round by contacting Bob Stewart @ 520-591-9585 or 520-294-1280.
* During the Rodeo, Feb 18-26, 2017 – Museum operates on reduced hours! Call 520-294-1280 for details.