What to know before attending Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo parade in downtown Colorado Springs

By Ellie Mulder Updated: July 11, 2017 at 11:27 am • Published: July 10, 2017 0
photo - FILE - Tommie Turvey, who bills himself as an "Equine Extremist" rides atop two horses during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
FILE - Tommie Turvey, who bills himself as an "Equine Extremist" rides atop two horses during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

For each of its 77 years, a parade has been part of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, attracting tens of thousands of people to downtown Colorado Springs.

The parade runs for eight blocks the night before the rodeo begins. It boasts dozens of floats and participants including Olympic athletes, riding groups and car clubs.

Here's what you should know before you go:

- The free parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on North Tejon Street from East St. Vrain Street south to East Vermijo Avenue.

- Each east-west street will be blocked between North Cascade and North Nevada avenues, but East Bijou Street from North Nevada Avenue to North Tejon Street will remain open for handicapped parking.

- The parade lineup will be announced near Pikes Peak Avenue and North Tejon Street by Fox21 anchor Craig Coffey and parade coordinator Amy Ochs.

- Parade proceeds go to college scholarships for local military families.

The rodeo is "truly part of the fabric of the community, as well as the sport of rodeo," and it "kicks off with a parade in the true hometown tradition," its website says.

The rodeo will be held Wednesday through Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. For more information, visit pikespeakorbust.org.

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