Tucson Rodeo - La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
Arizona is a “Baby State” having been admitted to the Union in 1912, on February 14th, which is coincidentally why we’re known also as “The Valentine State”. We’re just 100 years young.
The Tucson rodeo is almost as old as the State itself, celebrating its 87th year. That’s pretty cool.
“TUCSON’S LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS BEGAN WITH A BANG”
Headline in the Arizona Daily Star in 1925 read:
“Cowboys are asked not to shoot up the town”. You won’t see that headline too often.
Tucson in 1925 was a frontier town:
The first Tucson Rodeo was held in the middle of Prohibition. With so many visitors expected, decisions were made to clean up the town. Arizona State Prohibition Director Frank Pool led a force of federal officials to town two weeks prior to the rodeo. The Arizona Daily Star reported that 25 stills were captured and an estimated 3000 gallons of moonshine destroyed.”
The Tucson Rodeo Parade itself is the community’s most beloved tradition, and remains Tucson’s finest display of the Old West. Area schools are closed on Parade Day each year, and many local businesses close in order to participate in the parade with an entry. Over 200 floats are entered each year.
A very cool fact is that the Tucson Rodeo Parade is billed as the largest non-motorized parade in the world. To this day.
So if you want to remember a part of the Old West, come to Tucson in February and have some good old fashioned “fun in the sun”. Which we seem to have over 300+ days a year.
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