Pam and I heard the rodeo was in town and that there was even a La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo Parade. We wanted to see the parade and the rodeo. The parade is one of the longest non-motorized parades in the world. Never seen one of those before.
We arrived about 45 minutes before it was supposed to start and parked about a mile away from the parade route. We found a place and joined the spectators on the sidelines.It was a beautiful day when the banner rolled by for the start of the parade.
There were a number of school bands. In fact Tucson and area schools have Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the rodeo.
The floats and wagons rolled on by and it was like a parade out west years ago. It was neat.
With all the horses, I got used to the clip clop of their shoes on the pavement. I noticed it when a group of horses passed and did not have the familiar sound because they were shoeless.
I commented that I thought all horses had shoes.
I had never really thought about it but this is the first time I'd seen a lot that didn't have shoes.
There were more bands.
And all kinds of wagons and carts.
It was a typical parade only there were no trucks and cars and motorized machines.
We talked with the lady next to us (Barb) and found out she had a daughter in the parade and her husband was walking along with the high school band where he teaches.And Barb is a teacher. Quite an accomplished teacher. She teaches 3rd grade and is one of five teachers in Arizona that were honored last year as 'Teachers of the Year'. Here is a link to a web site that tells about her: http://www.azedfoundation.org/teacher-of-the-year.php
You meet the nicest and most interesting people out here...
We watched the end of the parade and I expected to see the scooper, broom and bucket brigade. There were a lot of horses to clean up after.
Instead, the street sweepers were out in all their glory, all cleaned and polished up for the finale! It was a great day at the parade.
Thanks for joining me on the Roadrunner Chronicles today!