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Gear up for Rodeo Parade

Lee Kiehne (right) and Estevan Castillo compete in the slack competition in the 84th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. The team had a time of 7.6 seconds.

Lee Kiehne (right) and Estevan Castillo compete in the slack competition in the 84th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. The team had a time of 7.6 seconds.

It’s time to put on those cowboy boots and mosey on over to the 84th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade on Thursday. Thousands flock each year to see the world’s longest nonmotorized parade. It’s all part of how Tucsonans celebrate their Western heritage. The event is part of the Tucson Rodeo, which runs through Sunday.

Tucson Rodeo Parade

Police will start closing streets to motor vehicles along the parade route at 7 a.m. Thursday and will have all parade route streets closed by 8 a.m.

The parade will begin at South Park Avenue and East Ajo Way, head south on Park to East Irvington Road and then west on Irvington to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave.

Grandstand seating is available at Irvington and South Sixth Avenue. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for kids under 13. Tickets may be purchased Thursday in the grandstand area.

For more information, go to tucsonrodeoparade.com.

Parking

Parking is available near the Rodeo Grounds but is on a first-come basis. Plan to arrive early as grandstand entertainment begins at 8 a.m.

Shuttle

Park at Park Place, in the southeast corner just south of Park Place Drive, or at Tucson Mall, east of American Home Furnishings, and ride the Sun Tran shuttle to and from the parade. Round-trip fare is $1; children ages 5 and younger ride free. People ages 65 and older, with disabilities or with ADA or Medicare cards pay 50 cents for round trip. The shuttles will pick up people at the malls between 7 and 9 a.m. and deliver them to the Rodeo Grounds.

Spectators

• It is illegal to hold, sell or give out objects that could distract horses at the parade or to do anything that could startle a horse. Horns, balloons and fireworks are explicitly forbidden.

• The law prohibits doing anything to block, impede or interfere with the parade, and moving signs and barricades.

• It is illegal to go onto the roads designated part of the parade route if you are not a participant.

• Sitting on curbs, which will be painted red, is prohibited.

• Vendors are not allowed to walk around after the parade starts at 9 a.m. Thursday.

• Police will begin closing streets to motor vehicles along the parade route at 7 a.m. and will close them all at 8 a.m.

Sources: City ordinance, Tucson police, Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee

Donaldson Elementary School second-graders (from left) Julian Moreno, Jaydyn Dempsey and Raymond Garcia, all 8, watch slack competition during a field trip to the rodeo Monday.

Donaldson Elementary School second-graders (from left) Julian Moreno, Jaydyn Dempsey and Raymond Garcia, all 8, watch slack competition during a field trip to the rodeo Monday.

Last year's Tucson Rodeo Parade makes its way southbound on South Park Avenue, just south of East Fair Street.

Last year's Tucson Rodeo Parade makes its way southbound on South Park Avenue, just south of East Fair Street.

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RODEO SCHEDULE

Thursday

11 a.m. gates open.

12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo.

2 to 4:30 p.m., ProRodeo Competition.

Admission: $12 to $20

Friday

11 a.m., gates open.

12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo.

2 to 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition.

Admission: $12 to $20

Saturday

11 a.m., gates open.

12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo.

2 to 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition.

Admission: $12 to $20

Sunday

Rodeo Finals.

11 a.m., gates open.

12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo.

2 to 4:30 p.m., ProRodeo Competition. The top 12 competitors in each event return to determine the winners.

Admission: $14 to $22

Ticket Information:

All seats are reserved. Tickets are $12 to $22, based on seating area and day of event.

Tickets online at www.tucsonrodeo.com

By phone at 741-2233 or 800-964-5662.

Tickets available at the rodeo ticket office, 4823 S. Sixth Ave., and at the gate on the day of the event.

Information: 741-2233 or 800- 964-5662; www.tucsonrodeo.com

Parking:

Entrances to parking lot from South Sixth Avenue and from South Third Avenue off Irvington Road. $5 per car.

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‘HUMAN STAMPEDE’ RUN

A foot race, the “Human Stampede,” will precede the parade about 8:45 a.m. Thursday and will follow the parade route, said Herb Wagner, a parade committee spokesman.

The race’s organizer, Steve Taggart, the owner of Tagg Running Events, said the race will benefit the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum.

By Wednesday, 25 runners had registered. Taggart said he hoped to get at least 50 signed up. Anyone interested in joining the race may get details, including an online registration form, at www.taggrun.com.

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