Coloradans turned out in droves for the annual National Western Stock Show parade on Thursday in Denver. The show's 16-day runs starts on Saturday. 

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Texas longhorns are driven through downtown Denver during the National Western Stock Show Parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

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Gloriana Howell, left, stands with her sister Nora and her mother Carrie on 17th Street in downtown Denver as they watch the National Western Stock Show parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. The Howells made the trip from Rollinsville, Colo.

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People watch and photograph the National Western Stock Show parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

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Marlene Reynolds of Yoder, Colo., drives steer through downtown Denver at the National Western Stock Show parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

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Wranglers drive Texas longhorns through downtown Denver in the National Western Stock Show parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

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Texas longhorns cross the light rail tracks on an overcast January day at the National Western Stock Show Parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.
 

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The crowd watching the 2016 National Western Stock Show parade wore a variety of footwear.

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Members of the Westernaires, a Jefferson County-based equestrian group, ride through downtown Denver in the National Western Stock Show Parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015.

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A group of girls watch the National Western Stock Show parade on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

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