Our colorful Cowboy Parade is one of the largest, motorless parades in the country and always a family favorite. Entrants over the years have included the La Plata County Mounted Patrol who traditionally serve as our Color Guard, beautiful 6-up Belgian draft teams, Mediterranean donkeys, historic wagons, coaches and carriages, Native American Dancers, the US Forest Service Pack Mule Team, buckaroos on stick horses and fashionable ladies & gents dressed in period costume.
- The Cowboy Parade is FREE to enter and open to any entrant that is not motor propelled.
- The parade begins at 10:00 at the train depot and proceeds down Main St to 12th St
- Registration / Check-in table will open at 8:15 a.m. the morning of the parade across from the train depot.
- Entries will be accepted up until Thursday, October 1st, but we recommend early registration . Two advance registration options are provided below.
- All parade participants MUST sign a release form.
- The parade activities will kick off the at 9:30 a.m. with local music groups at various locations up and down Main Street. Right before the 10:00 a.m. parade start, there will be an Old West gunfight just north of the Strater Hotel.
- Most Impressive Horse Entry
- Most Impressive Mule or Donkey Entry
- Best Spirit of the Old West
- Best Youth Entry
- Best Family Entry
- Best Walking (non-mounted) Entry
- Silver Spur Award (Judges' Choice)
Everything You Need To Know For Parade Day
Local photographer Jonas Grushkin of Photogenesis Photography will be taking pictures of all parade entries as they approach the announcer's stand.
Deadline to receive entries is Thursday, October 1st.
If you miss the deadline for some reason, please contact me at (512) 517-5619 and we will make arrangements for you. We want you to participate very much, but please know that it makes the parade lineup and the announcer’s job a lot easier if your entry is received by the deadline. We really appreciate your help on this!
Deadline to submit your online registration is Thursday, October 1st by 5:00 p.m.
If you are unable to participate in the parade itself, we are always looking for volunteers.
No parade of this size can be successful without the efforts of its volunteers.
What are some things you can do?
- Intersection/barrier guards--traffic control
- Check-in process
- Assisting with the parade line-up
- Helping out with the horses and wagons
- Escorting guests and performers to the correct wagon
- Pooper scoopers!
Parade Chairman -
Pam Jacobs via email or call 512-517-5619 with all your parade questions or to volunteer.