Tucson Rodeo & Parade 16-24 of FebruaryFebruary 15th, 2019
Tucson Rodeo & Parade
February 16-24, 2019
Buckle up for La Fiesta de los Vaqueros® – Tucson Rodeo & Parade, one of the top 25 pro rodeos in the United States, staged at Tucson Rodeo Grounds in February since 1925. The action gets bumpy as champion cowboys and cowgirls test their ranching skills in six performances while the next generation takes center stage in events like RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo Exhibition.
Before dawn on Thursday of Rodeo Week, fans start lining the streets to watch the Tucson Rodeo Parade. The 2.5-mile stream of horse-drawn coaches, outfitted riders, folk dancers, and marching bands is ranked as the world’s longest non-motorized parade. Watching from curbside is free of charge. Tickets for grandstand seating and pre-parade live entertainment are available on TucsonRodeoParade.com.
For an up-close look at vintage wagons and buggies, visit the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, January – early April. The museum also displays scenes of the Old West, including blacksmithing, saddles, and cowboy life on the range.
For many fans, there’s no better way to experience the rodeo than through the eyes of Louise Serpa (1925-2012). The Cowboy Hall-of-Fame photographer and Tucson resident was the first woman to enter the rodeo arena to photograph action shots on film. She captured over a half century of rodeo history and excitement with her images. See some of her Tucson Rodeo photos at the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum.
Extend your rodeo visit with a road trip in Tucson’s Southside District.