Scottsdale’s Parada del Sol – Enjoy a little Arizona western culture

Parada del Sol Parade in Scottsdale

Parada del Sol Parade in Scottsdale - Photo Credit: Scottsdale CVB

Parada del Sol represents the history of Arizona. The event, taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona is a month-long celebration which focuses on the western history of the state and the town. The high point is the Parada del Sol parade and rodeo. Parada del Sol is an annual event, taking place each February & March. This year the event is an official Arizona Centennial Event.

The Parada del Sol had its beginning in 1954. The Scottsdale Jaycees took over what was called the Sunshine Festival. The City of Scottsdale sponsored the Sunshine Festival shortly after the City incorporated. The first Sunshine Festival consisted of a brief parade through downtown Scottsdale and ended in a family barbecue.

The first rodeo was added to the Sunshine Festival in 1956, and the name of the festival was changed to the “Parada del Sol”. Translated from Spanish, it means, “walk in the sun.”

Parada del Sol Events

Parade: Known as the World’s Largest Horse Drawn Parade, the Parada del Sol parade heads north on Scottsdale Road from Oak Street to Indian School at 10 am, parade day. This colorful and historical event includes nearly 1,000 horses, western pageantry, clowns, dancing troupes, marching bands and civic groups.

Hashknife Pony Express Mail Delivery:
At high Noon, the Hashknife Pony Express completes a 200-mile trek from Holbrook, AZ to the Main Post Office in downtown Scottsdale. They deliver the mail and kick-off the month-long celebration of the Parada del Sol. The reenactment is one of the nation’s oldest officially sanctioned events. Each rider is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger.

Parada del Sol PRCA Rodeo:This huge rodeo takes place at Westworld. Each of the five PRCA sanctioned rodeo performances feature bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and of course, everyone’s favorite – the bulls!

Parada del Sol Rodeo

Parada del Sol PRCA Rodeo - Photo Credit: Scottsdale CVB

2012 Dates and Times
2012 Parada del Sol Parade Saturday February 11 10am
Parada del Sol Rodeo Fri Mar 2, 2012 7PM
Scottsdale Pro Bull Riding Sat Mar 3, 2012 – 1PM
Parada del sol  Rodeo Sat Mar 3 – 7PM, Sun Mar 4 – 2PM
Hashknife Pony Express Feb 8 – 10, 2012

More Information
Parada del Sol Website


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