Longhorns, Westernaires, cowboys and cowgirls: The National Western Stock Show parade returns

· Jan. 4, 2024, 5:31 pm
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Denver welcomed the National Western Stock Show Parade back to the city Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. As is the tradition, a herd of Longhorns took the lead up 17th Street from Union Station to Glenarm Street, and then back down to McGregor Square.

Denver embraced its cowtown legacy on Thursday as the annual National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade traveled up 17th Street from Union Station to Glenarm Street and down 18th Street to McGregor Square.

Drawn by the sight of Longhorn cattle, cowboys and cowgirls, wagons, and the Westernaires drill team moving between the gleaming office towers downtown, spectators crowded the sidewalks starting at noon.

The Stock Show runs through Jan. 21 at the National Western Center, featuring everything from cattle auctions to professional rodeo, sheep shearing to bluegrass.

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Members of the Westernaires equestrian precision drill team line up on 17th Street in Denver during the 2024 National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade.
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A rider on horseback acknowledges cheers from the crowd along 17th Street for the National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.
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Traditional Mexican dancers performed for the crowd on 17th Street during the National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2023.
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An estimated 700,000 people visit the Stock Show each year in Denver. The event officially dates back to 1906, but there were earlier cattle shows and auctions as far back as 1874. The 2024 show runs through Jan. 21.
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Former Denver Broncos All-Pro middle linebacker Randy Gradishar was the official Grand Marshal of the 2024 National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade.
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Cowboys and cowgirls move a herd of Longhorns up Denver’s 17th Street from Union Station to Glenarm Street on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.
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Kids on 17th Street in Denver framed by a passing team of horses on 17th Street during the National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade.
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Some supporters of Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, center, gather around for a photo during the National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.
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A couple of youngsters on horseback wave to the crowd during the 2024 National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade.
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Yes, even the pups get into the act.

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