Parada del Sol kicks off Scottsdale's western-themed month


by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on February 8, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 6:20 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale resembled an Old West town Saturday, with horses and wagons filling the streets.

Click-clacking was heard along Scottsdale Road from Oak Street to Indian School Road as the 61st annual Parada del Sol kicked off a slew of western events.

“It's a great tradition and a wonderful parade," one spectator said. "It really shows the life of the community."

The big "Trails End" party immediately followed the parade, and the celebration will continue with a professional rodeo at the end of the month.

“I enjoy the enthusiasm of the children and the people,” visitor Diane Holland said.

With close to 150 entries, Parada del Sol in Scottsdale is widely considered the world's largest horse-drawn parade.  

“First time I've ever been here," another parade visitor said. "It's fun; feels like a small town."

A new feature in this year's series of events was a fun run held prior to the parade.

“She got to pet a horsey and she got to walk in the parade," said Bob Ellis, who was holding his daughter. "(It's) her first time. She's 1 year old."