Texas longhorn cattle, horses and plenty of cowboys and cowgirls rode through downtown Denver Thursday during the annual National Western Stock Show Parade. The 109th edition of the stock show starts in full force this weekend. Check back to CPRNews.org for more coverage.

Wranglers drive Texas longhorns down 17th Street in downtown Denver during the National Western Stock Show Parade on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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Miss Rodeo North Dakota Dani Taylor, at left, and Miss Rodeo Colorado Marie Kidd, at right ride their horses prior to the National Western Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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Thrace Terry, 7, impatiently waits for the National Western Stock Show Parade to start on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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A wrangler drives Texas longhorns down 17th Street in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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A cowboy rides is horse down 17th Street in downtown Denver during the National Western Stock Show Parade on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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A cowboy shows off his lasso during the National Western Stock Show in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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A light rail train waits for traffic to clear during the National Western Stock Show in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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A boy admires passing cowboys and cowgirls during the National Western Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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Cowboys and cowgirls drive Texas longhorns down 17th Street during the National Western Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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A cowgirl drives Texas longhorns down Tremont Street during the National Western Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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Cattle are driven into a corral at the end of the National Western Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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Texas longhorns are penned up at the end of the National Western Stock Show Parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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Members of the Westernaires, a Jefferson County-based equestrian group, ride through downtown Denver at the end of the National Western Stock Show Parade on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

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