Western-themed parade lives on in Scottsdale

January 17, 2013 by  

The annual Parada del Sol Parade will soon be rolling through the streets of Scottsdale for the 60th year in a row.

On Saturday, February 9, area residents will once again have the opportunity to put on their best Western-style clothing and watch the largest horse-drawn procession in the world. Print companies will likely be buzzing as sponsors and vendors work to promote this local tradition with banners and flyers.

The parade will begin on Oak Street at 10:00 am. From there, it will wind its way onto Indian School Road and continue northward onto Scottsdale Road. Nearly 150 individuals and groups from the community are expected to participate in the procession. Most of the participants will be dressed as cowboys and cowgirls and will either be riding on horseback or driving wagons.

After the parade, the public will be invited to attend a ‘Trail’s End’ celebration. This portion of the event will begin at approximately 11:00 am and will occur on First Avenue between Scottsdale Road and Brown Road. It will feature entertainment for all ages, including music, trick roping, and pony rides for young children. Attendees will also be able to purchase food, western wear, and other souvenirs.

There will be no admittance fee for the day’s festivities. Members of the public are encouraged to peruse the shops of Old Town Scottsdale in addition to attending the parade and Trail’s End party.

Motorists in the area will be advised to exercise caution, as large crowds are expected and several roads will be closed.