A grand season-opening celebration including performances by the Catalina Foothills High School marching band, cowboy singer and poet Buck Helton, and the Old Tucson stunt actors. Festivities begin November 10 at 10:00 a.m. Admission to the grand opening is FREE.
Renovated displays including a new blacksmith shop display, saddle display, and future Chinese grocery.
The Museum is at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, corner of 6th Ave and Irvington Road. The museum complex includes the old hanger of Tucson’s first airport – the first municipally owned airport in the country.
The Parade Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, November 10, 2022, through April 1, 2023; 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Admission to the grand opening is FREE. Regular admission is $10 per adult, $9 seniors, and $2 for children under age 16. Active military, first responders, and educators (and families) with ID are 50% off. Tax deductible donations in any amount may be made to the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, P.O. Box 1788, Tucson, AZ 85702.
The museum is a popular tour for school classes and Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee volunteers serve as tour guides, instructing the children on the history, use and mechanical workings of these vintage vehicles. Students become “drivers,” “passengers,” “horses” and even “baggage” as they explore the equipment. Leather harness, reins and horse collars accompany the wagons to allow a complete presentation.
Some of the museum pieces most popular with the schools are the Tucson Police paddy wagon, the “mud wagon” stagecoach, a freight wagon that doubled as a school bus and the surrey “with the fringe on top.” By equating the classic wagons to a vehicle of today (e.g., buckboard = pickup truck; stagecoach = Greyhound bus) the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee volunteers are able to put these wagons in a modern perspective for the children.
The Parade Committee, through the generosity of the Warden family, has funding available to assist with bus costs for schools. Please visit tucsonrodoeparade.org for more information.