Enjoy a COWBOY CHUCK WAGON BREAKFAST before the parade!
6:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Corner of 5th St. and Main Ave. in downtown Durango
 Biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and lots of black coffee.  
$10 for adults, kids 5 and under free.  
To benefit the Animas Museum of Durango. 
 More info 970-247-2402


Our 2016 Wagon Master Parade Sponsor

Sponsored by Coca Cola of Durango and Farmington, the spectacular Diamond Z  black and white
English Shire horses were one of the star attractions of the 2015 parade.

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James Ranch   Riversong Ranch   Dean Mize and the Diamond Belles
Cowgirls of Windy Acres   City of Durango Officials including Sheriff Sean Smith   The Cowboy Church

Cowboy Gathering Parade
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 Grand Marshals of the 2016 parade are local ranchers, Don and Kellie Gosney. Also, we are pleased to honor in our parade nationally recognized artist Veryl Goodnight who is being inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame later this month for her 50 years of artistic accomplishments promoting the American West. Our two featured performers are Colorado's own Miss Jeneve Rose Mitchell, a top 14 finalist on this season's American Idol, and popular local singer/songwriter, Tim Sullivan who will be riding in the Wells Fargo wagon. And back by popular demand will be Blizzard, a 2300 pound genuine Texas Longhorn who performs stunts and tricks. He will be ridden by Bo, his petite gunslinger handler.

Join the fun!

Ben Breed and friend
drop by the Belle
for an after parade beer.

  • The Cowboy Parade, one of the largest in the country, is FREE to enter and open to any entrant that is not motor propelled.
  • The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.at the train depot and proceeds down Main St. to 12th St.
  • 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.
  • Registration/Check-in tables will open at 8:15 a.m. at two locations. One will be on the corner of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue to make it easier to check in for those who have horses, donkeys and/or mules. The other check-in table will be across from the train station for those who are walkers/dancers or other entries which have no animals. It will also serve as a General Information Table.
  • Online Entries will be accepted up until Thursday, September 29th, but we recommend early registration. Two advance registration options are provided below.
  • All parade participants MUST sign a release form.

Parade entries will be judged and trophies will be awarded in the following categories:

  • 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.

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Rising Western Stars including
2016 American Idol Finalist Jeneve Rose Mitchell 
  La Plata Archuleta Cattlemen/
La Plata County Cowbelles Association
  Boomer and Jack Daniels

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!


Please complete the Entry and Release forms and submit online by clicking the links below.

2016 Parade Entry Form

2016 ADULT Release Form

2016 CHILD Release Form


Please complete the Entry and Release forms and mail to:
Durango Cowboy Gathering
Attention: Parade Committee
P. O. Box 2571
Durango, CO 81302

Completed Entry Forms and Release Forms may also be dropped off at the Durango Welcome Center located at the corner of Main Ave. and 8th St. until Thursday, September 29th at 5:00.

Entry Form to Print and Mail

Adult Release Form to Print and Mail

Child Release Form to Print and Mail

La Plata County Fair Royalty pulled by Tanner Harwood and his Prairie Fire Percherons

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!

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Veteran Coit Valentine representing
the San Juan Backcountry Horsemen
  Anne Rapp and AmAsie Willison   Black and Blanco Bandidos
aka Sue and Bob Bucher
  True West Rodeo Favorites
Blizzard and Boo

Parade Chairman -
Pam Jacobs via EMAIL or call 512-517-5619 with all your parade questions or to volunteer.