Longhorn cattle plodding along the streets of downtown Denver are the hallmark of the the National Western Stock Show Parade, which kicks off the country’s largest winter stock show and rodeo. The parade starts at noon on Thursday, January 9 outside Union Station and marches 15 blocks along 17th Street.
It features marching bands, floats, horseback riders, performing cowgirls and cowboys and the incredible sight of Texas Longhorn cattle being driven through the city. This year’s Grand Marshal is Jake Jabs.
While the parade officially disbands at Tremont, you can also see the animals and cowboys returning via 18th St.
Or head to the atrium of the Wells Fargo Building at 17th St. & Broadway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a low-coast barbecue lunch. The $12 meal includes BBQ and all the fixin’s and music. Proceeds benefit the 4-H International Youth Group.
Click here for a complete schedule of Stock Show events.