Cowboy Gathering Parade! October 3rd at 10:00am

Colorado’s largest motorless parade begins at the Train Depot on Main Avenue in Downtown Durango!

Our 2015 Wagon Master Parade Sponsor is Boot Barn.

Thanks to Boot Barn and their wonderful staff for supporting this much loved event – look for them as they ride by in the Wagon Master wagon

Don't miss the spectacular Diamond Z Hitch featured in this year's Parade, with their black and white Shire horses!
 Sponsored by CocaCola of Durango and Farmington.


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.

Join the fun!

  • 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.

New this year. 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.


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.

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

2015 Parade Entry Form

2015 ADULT Release Form

2015 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.

Entry Form to Print and Mail

Adult Release Form to Print and Mail

Child Release Form to Print and Mail


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.