The Tucson Rodeo Is A Great Annual Event
Insights On The Annual Tucson Rodeo In February Each Year
Tucson Rodeo – La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
The first Tucson rodeo was held in 1925. That was during prohibition. And Federal officials came to cleaned up the town two weeks prior to the rodeo. Their effort captured 25 stills and an estimated 3,000 gallons of moonshine. But, as you would expect, they didn’t get it all.
There were four events. Steer wrestling, steer tying, calf roping, and saddle bronc riding. The purse was a fabulous $6,650.
On the night prior to each day of the rodeo, there was the rodeo dance. Tourists, cowboys & cowgirls, society members, and Navajo Indians enjoyed the festivities. The 10th Cavalry and 25th Infantry bands provided the music.
The first Tucson Rodeo Parade had 300 participants. Local ranchers on horseback, and mounted polo players in uniform. Again the 10th Cavalry and 25th Infantry bands provided music.
At first there was not much enthusiasm from the locals. Streets were dirt and had no stop signs. Even some of the businessmen and city fathers refused to back the Tucson rodeo. Still the city leaders and the University of Arizona declared the rodeo a city holiday.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade of today shows a much grander scale both in attendance and floats. Watch this video.
From humble beginnings, the Tucson Rodeo and Rodeo Parade are an annual tradition. Schools are even closed for the event. The Tucson Rodeo and Rodeo Parade are a wonderful display of the Old West. Events include bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, kids events, and women’s barrel racing.
The Tucson Rodeo is one of the top rodeo events in North America. Prize money is over $420,000. Over 200 groups participate in the rodeo parade. Historic horse-drawn buggies and coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands, and outfitted riders. An estimated 200,000 spectators watch the parade. It’s the world’s largest non-motorized parade.
The rodeo grandstands are located at Irvington and S. 6th Ave. The parade route begins at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, and continues south to Irvington Rd. then heads west on Irvington Rd. to south 6th Ave. Then to the north end of the grandstands.
The Tucson Rodeo is run as a charitable event. Proceeds benefit the University of Arizona Scholarship Fund, the Lion’s Club, Rotary Clubs, and 4-H Groups.
Visitors of Tucson can explore the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum. Located on the NE corner of S. 6th Ave. and Irvington Rd. This building was originally the first city airport hanger, established in 1918.
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