Enjoy a COWBOY CHUCK WAGON BREAKFAST before the parade!
7:30 to 10:30 am
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.
Tickets available at the wagon, or in advance

 More info 970-403-4451


Cowboy parade sponsored by
Lone Spur Cafe
10 am
Colorado’s largest motorless Parade begins at the Train Depot on the South end of Main Ave.  It will feature the Parade Grand Marshalls of Hi-Country Auction and the Cugnini family.

Cowboy Parade information 970-403-4451


Join the fun!

  The Diamond Belle Gunfighters
  • 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, October 3rd, but we recommend early registration
    (Two advance registration options are provided below)
  • All parade participants MUST sign a release form
Click to enlarge images       Above photo credit: Jonas Grushkin
Boot Barn Wagon driven by the Bartels   Ballet Folklorico   Bob Bruce & Family with Willie and Keebler
Cowboy Sweethearts   Forever Cowgirls   City and County Officials

  2019 Cowboy Parade Grand Marshalls
Hi-Country Cattle Auction and The Cugnini Family

Mike and Mary (Zelitti) Cugnini came from Italy to the Durango area in the early 1900's and settled into farming and ranching.  They built a ranch on Florida Mesa, south of Durango where all of their sons became involved with the cattle industry. Their son Pat Cugnini was born in 1927 and led the family into cattle sales, becoming an auctioneer.  

Pat owned and operated the Basin Livestock Commission Sale Barn south of Durango for many years.  It was located where Home Depot now stands (Pat is in the historical photo).  Pat also started the Navajo Trails Fiesta Days and donated his time to work the La Plata County Fair 4-H Livestock auction sale for many years.  

In 1980 Pat shut down Basin Livestock Commission and started the Hi-Country Cattle Auction sale barn loaded in Breen, Colorado.  Pat’s son Duane Cugnini took over the operation of  Hi-Country and now it is run by Duane’s daughters Chris and Becky Cugnini.  Even the great-grandchildren come to help on Sale Days.  Hi-Country Cattle Auction is one of the largest sale barns in the Four Corners area.  They buy and sell thousands of top quality cattle which bring high dollar sales every year..

The Cugnini family has maintained the history and culture of the American cowboy in the Four Corners area, for over 90 years.  The beef and cattle industry would not survive without a quality auction house to maintain the market.  The Cugnini family, with many sons, daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews are a testament to the strength of the ranching and cowboy lifestyle. The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering appreciates their support and contributions to our Western way of life.

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

  • Most Impressive Horse Entry - 2018 winner: America's Mustangs/National Mustang Association Colorado
  • Most Impressive Mule or Donkey Entry - 2018 winner: Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys    
  • Most Fashionable Animal Entry - 2018 winner: Mercy Super Dogs
  • Best Spirit of the Old West - 2018 winner: Cowboy Church
  • Best Youth Entry - 2018 winner: Aztec High School JROTC
  • Best Family Entry - 2018 winner: Willie, Keebler, & Chocklet Miniature horses & their Fire wagon
  • Best Walking (non-mounted) Entry -2018 winner: Ballet Folklorico
  • Best Wagon Entry - 2018 winner: La Plata County Fair Royalty
  • Silver Spur Award (Judges’ Choice) - Boo and Blizzard, the Texas longhorn

Everything You Need To Know For Parade Day

Professional photos will be taken of all entries as they approach the announcer's stand. 

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Lois and her llamas   Rod Barker and the Belles; Past, Present and Future   Silverjack and Bella make a new friend

If you miss the deadline for some reason, please contact Rebecca Balboni, 404-376-6392 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.

Parade Entry Form

ADULT Release Form

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 Wells Group Real Estate Office at 1130 Main Avenue until October 3rd, 2019 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 Royalty

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!

For more parade information, email Rebecca or call (404) 376-6392

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Waterfall Ranch   Tim Sullivan entertains the crowd   Bayfield Belles   Miss Southern Ute