Entertainment Magazine: Tucson Rodeo
Jeannet Maré selected as 2017 Tucson Rodeo Parade Grand Marshall
Tucson Rodeo Parade:
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:00 AM
The 2017 Tucson Rodeo parade is an 92 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.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade is FREE to spectators along most of its 2.5 mile route. Ticketed grandstand seating is available.
This year, the Tucson Rodeo Parade is even larger than last. Approximately 130 entries with more than 650 horses, approximately 2,500 people, 89 wagons and buggies and 11 marching bands will form this moving spectacle of Western heritage.
The parade is FREE to spectators along most of its route. 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.
Jeannette Mare, the 2017 Tucson Rodeo Grand Marshal, was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States when she was just a toddler. Continue reading about Jeannette Mare.
Tucson Rodeo Parade Route
The Parade begins 9 a.m. The starting point of the Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade is Ajo 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.
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.
- WATCHING THE PARADE: The parade is free to spectators along the route. 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. Arrive early to secure viewing spots along the parade route, or sit in the grandstands along Irvington Road near the Rodeo Grounds.
- 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.
- 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 before 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.
- GRANDSTAND ENTERTAINMENT seating includes pre-parade entertainment. Tickets are only $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 Pinnancle Peak Pistoleros.
- Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is open through April 8, 2017. Walk among more than 125 horse-drawn vehicles and great new displays featuring life as it was in late 19th century Tucson.
- 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.
ORACLE: 2nd Annual Buffalo Bill Cody Days. The community of Oracle honors the iconic 19th century world entertainer and local miner William “Buffalo Bill” Cody at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Lounge 1-5pm. Free entertainment, presentations, book talks, movies, treats, and a treasure hunt for kids. Free jewelry drawing. National Buffalo Bill Look-a-Like winner Dane Johnson will re-enact Cody’s life in Oracle.
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.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is now open.
For more information about the Tucson Rodeo Parade
Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 1788 Tucson, Arizona 85702
Phone: 520-294-1280 | Museum: 520-294-3636
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