World War II veterans to serve as grand marshals for 2020 Tucson Rodeo Parade

WWII veterans chosen as grand marshals for Tucson Rodeo Parade 2020
Tucson Rodeo Parade grand marshal announcement

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Posted by KOLD News 13 on Thursday, January 23, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The grand marshals for the 2020 Tucson Rodeo Parade will be World War II veterans.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade committee announced the selection during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 23.

It’s not the first time a group has been picked to serve as grand marshals. In 2018, the Tucson Conquistadores were tapped while the members of Tucson Boys Chorus were selected in 2012.

The event, the “world’s longest non-motorized parade," begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. KOLD News 13 will broadcast the two-hour parade live and stream it online.

You can watch the 2019 parade HERE or below.

2019 Tucson Rodeo Parade

The parade route begins on Ajo Highway, about a half-mile west of Park Avenue. The parade will roll down Ajo, turn right on Park Avenue, then right on Irvington Road and right on Sixth Avenue before ending at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

The judges and reviewing stands will be on the north side of Irvington, close to Sixth Avenue. Grandstand seating is available on Irvington Road and requires a ticket, which can be purchased at ticket booths near the grandstands or in advance at The Rodeo Parade Office.

Complete Grand Marshal List

2020 – World War II veterans

2019 – Guy Atchley

2017 – Jeannette Maré

2016 – Chandler Warden

2015 – Jerry Kindall

2014 – Dan Marries

2012 – Tucson Boys Chorus

2011 – Joel D. Valdezs

2009 – Robert E. Walkup

2008 – Humberto Lopez

2007 – Dr. Richard H. Carmona

2006 – Louise Serpa

2005 – Baxter Black

2004 – Mrs. Cele Peterson

2003 – Larry Mahan

2002 – Mike Candrea

2001 – Dolan Ellis

2000 – Hadley Barrett

1999 – Sons of the Pioneers

1998 – Rex Allen Jr.

1997 – Don Collier

1996 – Ben Johnson

1995 – Charles Sampson

1994 – Gil Fricker

1993 – Jim Ronstadt

1992 – Burt Humphrey

1991 – Bill West

1990 – Chuck Henson

1989 – Jim Click Jr.

1988 – Lute Olson

1987 – Gov. Rose Mofford

1986 – Bill Breck

1985 – Paul Grimes

1984 – Mayor Lew Murphy

1983 – Frank B. Roe

1982 – Roscoe Christopher

1981 – Kingston J. Smallhouse

1980 – Joe Weinzapfel

1979 – Clinton L. Helbig

1978 – Roy P. Drachman

1977 – Joseph O. Niemann

1976 – Alex G. Jacome

1975 – Harry V. Chambers

1974 – Gene C. Reid

1973 – Royal Irving

1972 – Brooks Davis

1971 – John R. Snider

1970 – Ambassador Raul H. Castro

1969 – U.S. Sen. Carl Hayden

1968 – C. Edgar Goyette

1967 – Ferd Lauber

1966 – George W. Chambers

1965 – Fred Blanc

1964 – Pete Waggoner

1963 – Clarence E. Britten

1962 – A.M. (Jake) Meyer

1961 – Harry Blacklidge

1960 – Dr. Richard Harvill

1959-57 – Frank Putter

1956-51 – Ed Echols

1950-46 – Frank Putter

1945-44 – J.C. Jack Kinney

1943-42 – J.C. Jack Kinney

1941-36 – J.C. Jack Kinney

1935 – Fred Ginter

1934-30 – J.C. Jack Kinney

1929-26 – American Legion & Pete Waggoner

1925 – Lions Club, Kiwanis, Rotary Club & Pete Waggoner

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