What a Ride!
A tip of the Stetson to La Fiesta de los Vaqueros®, the Tucson Rodeo & Parade, kicking it since 1925.
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 inside the arena 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.
On Thursday of Rodeo Week, fans start lining the streets at dawn for the Tucson Rodeo Parade. This colorful stream of 200 floats and buggies, horse-drawn coaches, Mexican folk dancers, marching bands, and outfitted riders is ranked as the world’s longest non-motorized parade. Enjoy it all with help from the free Tucson Rodeo Parade app.
Watching the parade from the street is free; tickets for grandstand seating are on TucsonRodeoParade.com. For an up-close look at vintage wagons, buggies, and carriages, visit the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, January - early April.
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 with images that exude the sport's energy, excitement, and emotion. Watch a video tribute here.
Extend your rodeo visit with a road trip in Tucson's Southside District.
Video: A fun day out with family and friends is the top reason folks attend.