Today – Thursday – marks the 84th edition of the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade, part of La Fiesta de Vaqueros running through Sunday.
This venerable tradition reminds Old Pueblo denizens of our historic roots, bringing residents together for wholesome entertainment for all ages.
Alas, the parade has seen its share of mishaps and even one tragic death.
Five-year-old Brielle Boisvert of Elgin was killed in 2007 when a wagon team of horses spooked and bolted, running into her horse, dislodging and then trampling her.
We urge paradegoers today to heed new safety rules implemented after Brielle’s death.
Don’t spook the horses or other livestock, and don’t step off or sit on the curbs along South Park Avenue.
But do enjoy the parade respectfully, for it is an important and enduring part of Tucson’s heritage, the longest nonmotorized parade in the world.