We were supposed to leave Tucson on Tuesday but we heard there was a parade and a rodeo on Thursday. A rodeo? I’ve never been to a real live cowboy rodeo. And you all know we love a parade. Chuck, we have to stay!
The event was a 4-day long weekend celebrating 90 years of Tucson’s “La Fiesta de los Vaqueros” (Fiesta of the Cowboys). It is such a big event the schools are closed on Thursday and Friday so school’s marching bands can participate in the parade and the students can volunteer and enjoy.
The rodeo parade claims to be the largest non-motorized parade in the country (125 “horse” entries) and the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee also keeps a museum of antique horse-drawn buggies and wagons, many of which were in the parade. Parade day started out a little chilly with jeans and jackets. We were at the parade route by 8 a.m. While waiting for the parade to reach the grandstand seating we were all entertained by a Mariachi Band, a country and western band and an old-fashioned western shoot out! But the real entertainment was checking out the cowboys, cowgirls and “cowkids” in their finest western gear. No cowboy boot too small in this town!
Just some of the parade highlights –
I kept wondering where the “pooper scoopers” were and thought this would have been a student volunteer opportunity, but – we had a great laugh! Bringing up the rear of the parade – “Tucson Rodeo Parade Zamboni’s” –
The 2 hour parade was great! The rodeo grounds are now open but we’re going back home to change into shorts and get the sunscreen. Whew, its warm!