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The Tucson Rodeo Parade

A February 2004 trip to Tucson by Cnugent

Tucson Rodeo  (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros) Photo, Tucson, Arizona More Photos
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The Tucson Rodeo Parade

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Tucson Rodeo  (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros) Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The parade has been held annually since 1925 and is the highlight of "Rodeo Week" in Tucson. The week-long Tucson Rodeo draws entrants from the U.S. and Canada and is the first major outdoor event on the Pro Rodeo circuit. Local schools close on Thursday (the day of the parade) and Friday of Rodeo Week each year. Each year the police and a local "vigilante" group select one vehicle on I-10 with out-of-state license plates to pull over. They then surprise the occupants with six days of free meals and lodging at a local resort, along with free passes to local attractions. About 200,000 spectators view the 2-hour-long parade, with its numerous old horse-drawn wagons, costumed riders...Read More

Tucson Rodeo (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros)

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With my new wife newly arrived from Russia this past fall, it seemed like a good time to go to the parade again. So my wife, her son, and my teenage son and his girlfriend headed out early in the morning to go to the parade. It was a beautiful day, sunny and clear. The parade started on time and we spent two hours watching the bands, mounted horsemen and -women, antique wagons, and Western-themed floats. Parade rules and tradition forbid mechanized vehicles, so all wagons and floats are horse-drawn. People in the floats and wagons were dressed in either traditional Western wear or traditional Mexican dress. Some riders were dressed as Spanish conquistadors with spear and shield c...Read More

Tucson Rodeo (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros)
4823 South Sixth Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85714
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