Tucson Rodeo Parade draws young and old for the 86th time

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Thursday morning the Tucson Rodeo Parade made it's way across town. No matter how old or young you may be, it's never too late or too early to see it first hand for the first time.

The livestock was ready, the parking lots were full, and the streets were lined.

"I wanted to pass it on to my daughter and start while she's young and she can take in all the sights and sounds of the rodeo," said rodeo attendee Kevin Sears.

For the 86th time, the Tucson Rodeo Parade made its annual procession through the streets of the Old Pueblo.   A familiar sight for Sears.

"When I was a younger child my mother and father used to bring me here every year, it was kind of a tradition growing up in Tucson," said Sears.

And while it's a tradition Kevin grew up with, for some it's the first time they've seen the rodeo.

"First time out here, we've been here about two months and we love it," said Hugh Parker.

Hugh and wife made the trek out here from snowy northern New York.  They're snowbirds coming out to see the horses.

"We read about it and heard things on television so we decided we'd come to the parade, mix with the people, have fun and then go to the rodeo tomorrow," said Parker.

The parade proves you're never too young or too old to enjoy it for the first time.

"I remember how much fun I used to have and checking out all the bands and horses, all the wagons and stuff and now she'll get to enjoy that too," said Sears.

After the pomp of the parade, the Tucson rodeo got down business with a competition.

"Beautiful weather, huge crowd today and it looks like everything is going in the right direction for us," said

Bill Schrug from the Tucson Rodeo Committee.

A new feature this year, after the day's events conclude fans can kick up their heels and do a little two-stepping.