The Tucson Rodeo Parade 2015 Information
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.
New 2015 Grand Marshall and Tucson Rodeo Parade events to be announced.
Tucson Rodeo Parade: Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:00 AM
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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 begin at 9 a.m. and proceed south on Park Avenue to Irvington Road, then west past the grandstand viewing area to South Sixth Avenue and north to the Rodeo Grounds.
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 $7 each for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under and can be purchased at the Parade office at 4823 S. 6th Ave or at www.tucsonrodeoparade.org
Tucson Rodeo Parade website: TucsonRodeoParade.org
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.
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.
Since 1925, the Tucson Rodeo Parade has been a part of Tucson, Arizona history. Schools close on the Thursday and Friday of rodeo week so families can enjoy the festive parade and rodeo traditions.
A treasured tradition of rodeo week, the Tucson Rodeo Parade is billed as the largest non-motorized parade in the world.
An estimated 200,000 spectators line the parade route, watching over 150 western-theme floats and buggies, Mexican folk dancers and musicians. The parade route begins at Ajo Way and Park Avenue. Entrants travel 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.
Photo of Tucson Rodeo Parade in downtown Tucson, Arizona 1963. Photo by Bertram Zucker.
This was the inspiration and moving force that made it possible for the Tucson Rodeo and Tucson Rodeo Parade to take place on February 21, 1925. Read more about the history of the Tucson Rodeo Parade.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is now open.
For more information about the Tucson Rodeo Parade
Tucson Parade website: www.TucsonRodeoParade.org