Feb 20, 2014 10:29 PM
TUCSON - The Tucson Rodeo parade kicked off this morning to thousands of people lining the streets.
This is the longest running non-motorized parade and has been going on since 1925. The parade has been a continued tradition for 89 years and Tucsonans come back year after year to witness the parade.
Natives that we spoke to Thursday morning refer to the parade as "tradition and family".
The parade route starts on Ajo Way, heads south on Park Avenue, west on Irvington and north on 6th Avenue ending at the Tucson Rodeo grounds.
Nearly 150,000 people lined the streets to watch western-themed floats and buggies, historic-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders.
This parade was special for Susie Ribaudo to witness. "My daughter is in the University of Arizona band and opened up the show," Ribaudo said.
For other spectators like legendary Tucson actor Don Collier, the parade is about the cowboy and the nostalgia that the parade brings back to him. "I worked with John Wayne twice. That was the pinnacle of my career working with that old man," Collier said. "It's really nice to be a part of it and have been a past grand marshal. It just tickles me to death."
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