Preparations underway for Tucson Rodeo Parade

Published: Feb. 25, 2016 at 1:57 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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(Source: Tucson News Now)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Preparations are underway for the 91st Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.

Folks spent Wednesday putting the finishing touches on more than 100 floats.

"Different types of patterns here, just to add some spunk to it and give it a little flare," Jamal Givens said.

Givens decorated the Liberty Partnership Kino Neighborhood float. They are representing middle and high school students from Tucson's south side.

Family-owned Little Mexico Restaurant has their own float, and decorated their wagon wheels with sombreros.

"We're using more of the Mexican colors, using red, white and green flag," Brenda Jaimez said.

While Desert Diamond's Resort and Casino put their CEO, Andy Asselin, on a "wanted" poster for their float decoration.

At 8 a.m., an hour before the parade starts on Thursday, there will be a stunt show and mock gunfight.

Cowboys on stilts will also give the crowd some slapstick comedy.

The annual parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the country, meaning all the wagons will be pulled by horses.

"We will have about 650 horses in the parade this year," said Marshall Stewart with the Rodeo Parade Line Up Committee.

The entertainment before the parade will be at the Grandstand on Irvington Road.

Tickets to sit in the Tucson Rodeo Parade grandstands are $10 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for kids. The parade starts at 9 a.m.

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