Celebrate ‘most western town’ during Parada del Sol Parade

Experience the ‘spirit’ of the old west and the western lore that attracts visitors from around the world to Arizona by attending the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival.

Join parade watchers 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, for a day of free family-oriented entertainment.  After the Parade, the Old Town area will be bustling as the Trail’s End multi-cultural festival begins, according to a press release.

“The parade starts at 10 a.m. but go early to get your place along the route,” stated Parade Boss Wendy Springborn, in the release.  “The parade draws thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the 100 parade entrants with their flashy Arabian horses and riders, roughhousing mountain men, wild women of the west, U.S. Marshals Posse and marching bands.  Remember, road closures will take place down Scottsdale Road and in Old Town areas from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. following the parade route, so plan ahead.”

The theme for the 63rd Annual Parade for 2016 is “The Stars of Scottsdale.” These are some of Scottsdale’s leadership families, many of whom grew up in the historic downtown and shaped the future of Scottsdale for decades, the release stated.

Come meet these families and celebrate the “Western’s Most Western Town” along the parade route with Grand Marshal Paul R. Messinger, Bill Schrader, Carl Cluff, Edwin Carroll, the Dave Alford family, and the Saba family.

Other “stars” to be celebrated on stage at noon will be Scottsdale Police Officer Loveless, Firefighter Joe Johnson, Chaparral Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh and the Saguaro High School State Champion Football Team and Coach of the Year.

Also be sure to schedule the weekend of Feb. 25 for the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Pro Rodeo events that feature saddle bronc riding, bull riding, roping and barrel racing at WestWorld in north Scottsdale.

For more information about the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trails End Festival, go to www.scottsdaleparade.com or call 602-320-1483. Follow us on Facebook ParadadelSolParade and Twitter: @ScottsdaleParade.

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