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Tucson Rodeo Parade

Tucson Rodeo Parade:
Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:00 AM

The 2015 Tucson Rodeo parade is an 90 year-old Tucson tradition that brings the vibrant history and colors of the Southwest to life each February in conjunction with La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson Rodeo

Over 150,000 spectators line the streets in southern Tucson each year in anticipation of this historic event. The Rodeo Parade is broadcast live on KOLD-TV channel 13 and Public Access TV. The parade is FREE to spectators along most of its route.

Tucson Rodeo Parade announces Jerry Kindall as 2015 Grand Marshal

Jerry Kinda;;Longtime Tucsonan and former University of Arizona baseball coach Jerry Kindall has been chosen Grand Marshal of the 2015 Tucson Rodeo Parade.  Kindall is a former player, coach, teacher, author, and baseball broadcaster.

He played basketball and baseball at the University of Minnesota.  In 1956 Kindall was an All-American member of the Gophers baseball team that won the College World Series Championship, ironically defeating Arizona, a team he would later lead to three NCAA championships.  He spent eight years as an infielder in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins.  He coached as an assistant at Minnesota until 1972 when he became head coach at Arizona.  He led the Wildcats to the College World Series five times and to National Championships in 1976, 1980, and 1986 and was named National Coach of the Year those same years.  He remains Arizona’s all-time winningest coach. Coach Kindall has been inducted into the University of Minnesota, University of Arizona, and the College Baseball Coaches’ Halls of Fame.

Since his retirement, Kindall has kept involved with the game he loves as a Senior Advisor with USA Baseball, giving instructional clinics and coaching internationally, and broadcasting baseball for ESPN and Fox Sports.  He has authored one book and four videos on baseball coaching and instruction, and served as editor of The Science of Baseball and The Baseball Coaching Bible.

The Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award is presented annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the college or high school baseball coach that best exemplifies the Christian principles of character, integrity, excellence, teamwork and service on and off the baseball field. He remains involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ministry of Young Life, and is an elder at Catalina Foothills Presbyterian Church.

About the Tucson Rodeo Parade and Committee
The Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, Inc. is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteer who plan and organize the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade and operates the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and Western memorabilia. For more information about the Tucson Rodeo Parade, visit www.tucsonrodeoparade.org or call (520) 294-1280.

Jerry Kindall photo by Robert Zucker, 2015.

Past Grand Marshals
Tucson Rodeo Parade History
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Tucson Rodeo Events

Tucson Rodeo Parade Route

The starting point of the Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade is Ajo and Park Avenue – restoring the traditional 2.5-mile parade route, which was cut by approximately a half mile in 2010 due to budget constraints.

The Parade will begins 9 a.m. and proceedx south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then west past the grandstand viewing area to South Sixth Avenue and north to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

Tucson Rodeo Parade Highlights

Included in the procession are 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 30 consecutive years.

This year, there are approximately 115 entries (17% new entrants). More than 525 horses, approximately 2,000 people, 60 wagons and buggies and 9 marching bands will form this moving spectacle of Western heritage.

  • WATCHING THE PARADE: The Parade Committee asks all spectators to follow instructions from Tucson Police Department (TPD) officers and parade volunteers to help ensure a safe parade. All spectators must stay off the curb line. 
  • Noisemakers (horns, cap guns, balloons, poppers) may not be brought to the parade and will be confiscated. Also for safety, spectators are restricted to the official parade route and may not enter the staging and line-up areas in the Fairgrounds Neighborhood.
  • Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early to secure viewing spots along the parade route, or sit in the grandstands along Irvington Road near the Rodeo Grounds.
  • RODEO PARADE TICKETS: Grandstand tickets can be purchased online at www.tucsonrodeoparade.org or at the Rodeo Parade Office at 4823 South Sixth Avenue or via phone with a credit card (294-1280). Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
  • PARKING: Parking is available at the Rodeo Grounds until 8 a.m. Pre-parade entertainment at the grandstands begins at 8 a.m. Spectators driving to the parade will have the traditional access to parking on the rodeo grounds through the gate on 3rd Avenue.  Access the 3rd avenue gate by traveling west bound on Irvington to 3rd, then through the gate. Please note that Irvington is completely closed at 8 a.m. except for parade spectators and performers. Arrive early to see our pre-parade entertainment beginning at 8 a.m.  Someone at the gate will provide instructions on where to park.
  • TUCSON RODEO PARADE SPONSORSHIP Sponsorships are available in a variety of levels for Arizona's largest single-day spectator event with over 150,000 spectators on the parade route and a live Television broadcast to over 35,000 households.  Please contact the Parade office or Ken Tittelbaugh at 520-841-1131 for sponsorship information.

History of the Tucson Rodeo and Parade

In 1924, Frederick Leighton Kramer, President of the Arizona Polo Association and later recognized as the Founder of the Tucson Rodeo and Rodeo Parade, gathered a group of local business men to discuss the possibility of having a Rodeo. Contune reading about the Tucson Rodeo Parade History.

Tucson Rodeo

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is now open.

For more information about the Tucson Rodeo Parade

Tucson Rodeo Parae Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 1788 Tucson, Arizona 85702
Phone: 520-294-1280 | Museum: 520-294-3636

Tucson Parade website: www.TucsonRodeoParade.org
Tucson Rodeo web site: www.tucsonrodeo.com

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