This Saturday, enjoy 80 floats and music at a free Tucson Rodeo Parade

Rolls at the Tucson Rodeo Parade 2019, a brightly decorated float decorated by the Little Mexico Steakhouse. More than 80 cars will be on display at the Tucson Rodeo site this year.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Following the cancellation of the first Tucson Rodeo Parade and the rodeo itself due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event’s coordinators are offering an alternative way to celebrate the tradition this year.

On Saturday, March 20th, the organizers are inviting fans to come to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave., for a free Reverse Rodeo Parade from 10 am to 1 pm

More than 80 Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum floats are set up along a winding route in the rodeo’s parking lot, along with 15 stations that feature historical exhibits and live entertainment, including Trick Ropers, Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School, and Gertie and The TO Boyz, a Tohono O’odham Nation band specializing in traditional Waila music.

The drivers move on the track and stay in their vehicles, socially distant from their fellow spectators.

“Many of the floats we will have have never rolled in the parade,” said Herb Wagner, a spokesman for the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee. “They’re antique and don’t roll well. But we can get them out and exhibit them in this format.”

Wagner said the committee hoped the rodeo and parade would still take place in December, but with more than 200 volunteers and more than 2,000 people attending the parade each year, not to mention the thousands of people who attend the Line streets where the parade takes place on the south side of Tucson. “It became a reality that we couldn’t host an event with spectators.”


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