Rodeo Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Week
Kicking off rodeo week festivities will be the traditional Rooftop Rodeo Parade which will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. The parade starts on west Elkhorn Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and moves through downtown Estes Park
The parade features bands, groups on horseback, floats, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty and more who will add a distinctively western flavor to Estes Park as the colorful entourage makes its way along Elkhorn Avenue and then on to the fairgrounds.
This year’s parade will be bigger and better than ever with 80 entries strolling through town. For 2009, the Rooftop Rodeo Committee is honoring past Rodeo Queens and the Grand Marshal for the parade this year is Jo Adams, Rodeo Queen in 1965. Jo has also been an important member of the Rodeo committee, serving for 18 years.
Jo grew up in Estes Park and attended high school here. She is a longtime cowgal and horse lover and was one of the “Ribbon Girls” that gave out awards at various horse show events at the fairgrounds. She loves being on the Rodeo Committee and was president for two separate terms. Said Jo, “I love being on the committee, its a lot of work, but I love it!” Jo is on the parade committee and despite being the Grand Marshal, will work getting parade participants ready and organized just before she hops onto her horse-drawn Tender Grass Carriage to ride through the parade as an honored dignitary.
The Rodeo Committee will also be honoring Chuck Thomas, past Estes Park resident who, along with his family, were very involved with the Rooftop Rodeo for many years. Chuck will be riding in the carriage along with Grand Marshal Jo Adams. Mayor Bill Pinkham recently made an official proclamation, marking Tuesday, July 7, Rooftop Rodeo Parade Day, “Chuck Thomas Day!”
Some other highlights of the parade will be the Buffalo Soldiers, African-American U.S. army regiments commissioned by Congress to patrol the American West after the Civil War, the miniature Union Pacific Train and Chippewa the little foal who would have surely died one frigid February night if Dr. C. hadn’t saved his life. You’ll see Cowboy Brad and Kathy Fitch singing in the parade and in honor of Old Mexico Days is the group, Tequila Real de Mexico will be marching in their colorful dresses.
Don’t miss this wonderful parade!