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Tucson  Rodeo  Parade,  Thursday  February 26,  2015


 

The  TUCSON RODEO  PARADE


"Buffalo Soldiers" photo courtesy of Peg Price

2010 Tucson Rodeo Parade Telecast DVD is now available.
To order: Send check for $20.00 to Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, Inc.
along with your complete address. DVD will be shipped by mail.
 

Headline in the Arizona Daily Star in 1925 reads:
"Cowboys are asked not to shoot up the town"

Tucson in 1925 was a frontier town: The first Tucson Rodeo was held in the middle of Prohibition. With so many visitors expected, decisions were made to clean up the town. Arizona State Prohibition Director Frank Pool led a force of federal officials to town two weeks prior to the rodeo. The Arizona Daily Star reported that 25 stills were captured and an estimated 300 gallons of moonshine destroyed. T-bone steaks sold for .27 a pound. A Stetson hat cost $8. Prizes at the 1925 Rodeo Parade included a 750-lb. block of ice, 100 lbs. of potatoes and a "Big Cactus" ham.

Read about: the Four Horsemen of the Rodeo

THE  W O R L D’S   L O N G E S T
NON-MOTORIZED  PARADE

This colorful, exciting Parade is presented each year and keeps the spirit of the first Parade back in 1925. Now known to be the largest Non-Motorized Parade in the country, It still achieves its success through the community's participation and the dedicated work of its members.

The Parade begins at 9 am. Parade route begins at Park and Fair Avenues, goes south on Park to Irvington Rd., west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the North end of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The Judges and Reviewing stands are located on the south side of Irvington close to Sixth Ave. Grandstand seating is on Irvington Road. Seating in this area requires ticketing which can be purchased at Ticket Booths near the Grandstands or in advance at The Rodeo Parade Office.

"Miss Rodeo Arizona"
photo courtesy of Peg Price

 Rodeo Parade Photo Album

Parking is available near the Rodeo Grounds but is on a first-come basis. Plan to arrive early as Grandstand entertainment begins at 8:00 A.M. on Parade day.  VIEW MAP

The History of the 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. This group included C. James and Albert H. Condron, President and Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, respectively. Also Monte Mansfield, a local car dealer, M. H. Starkweather, Architect, "Jack" J.C. Kinny and Bud Parker, local and well respected cattlemen, were present at the meeting. 
      read more about Tucson and the Parade
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.In "Progressive Arizona - 1925", Kramer observed, "The City of Tucson excelled itself the day of its first Rodeo Parade called "La Fiesta de los Vaqueros". The first Parade was led by Major Nuestatter, Tucson's veteran Parade Leader, followed by the Band of the 25th Infantry from Nogales. Next was the Platoon of the Reserve Officers Unit, Polo Players, cowboys and cowgirls, buggies, wagons, Indians and lastly the Band of the 10th U.S, Cavalry from Ft. Huachuca. 

The Parade moved east along the entire length of Congress Street, south on 5th Ave. to Broadway, down Broadway to Stone and North on Stone to E. Alameda Street where the Parade disbanded. Thousands of spectators crowded the Parade route watching more than 300 entries. The present Parade is being held to 200 entries, with emphasis on quality rather than quantity. In the year 2000, the Tucson Rodeo Parade celebrated it's 75th year - "Diamond Jubilee". 

Rodeo Parade Photo Album

 

 

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 This website was designed for the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee inc. by Jake Jacobson 2005
 grandson of
, Albert H. Condron,  secretary of the "L a   F i e s t a   de los   V a q u e r o s" committee 1925

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Each February since 1925, Tucsonans saddle their horses, hitch up their buggies and shine their cowboy boots for the “Celebration of the Cowboys.”
 


program cover from A.H.Condrons scrapbook



photo courtesy of Peg Price


For further Rodeo Information
Call 520-741-2233


or go to tucsonrodeo.com

Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee and Museum
P.O.Box 1788
Tucson  AZ  85702


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Leighton Kramer and
Tad Lucas