Tucson Rodeo Parade looking for registrations, volunteers

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The nation’s longest non-motorized parade is looking for locals to participate and volunteer.

Applications for the 2022 Tucson Rodeo Parade are open online until the end of January.

The 97th Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade, or Parada de los Vaqueros, is scheduled for Thursday, February 24.

The procession features national dignitaries, Native American royalty and performers, historic wagons, colorful floats, marching bands, mariachis, rodeo royalty and working cowboys.

Each year, an average of 150,000 spectators march through the streets of southern Tucson.

Groups compete in 21 classes, ranging from western and historic riding groups to comedic carriage and multi-team.

The top three awards include the Curt Sullivan Sweepstakes Award for best entry, the Chairman’s Award and the Judge’s Award.

Volunteers are needed on parade day to help control the crowd, line up entrances and seat spectators in the grandstand. Breakfast, lunch, and tickets to a Tucson Rodeo show are free for volunteers.

Volunteers are not required to have knowledge about horses, but places are available for those who do.

The parade route circles the Tucson rodeo grounds, starting at Ajo Way and Fair Avenue. The car park opens to the public around 8 p.m.

The parade is free for spectators throughout the course, but paid grandstand seats are also available.

For more information on the parade, click on here.

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