Stock Show Kick-off Parade


The sight of over 30 Longhorn cattle walking through the streets of downtown Denver can only mean one thing…it’s Stock Show time.

The National Western Stock Show Kick-off Parade, presented by Arrow Electronics, is a sight to see. On this one afternoon in January, the streets of downtown Denver are lined with boots, chaps and cowboy hats to celebrate Colorado’s western traditions and the iconic National Western Stock Show. Kids, families, business men and women get to step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands and floats.

The parade starts at Union Station at noon on Thurs, Jan 9, 2020 and continues on 17th Street, ending at 17th & Tremont.

The NWSS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3). We appreciate the $50 parade entry contribution in support of the historic Stock Show parade.

The Parade will not be used as a platform or promotion for any special interests and should promote and align with Western Stock Show Association/National Western Stock Show purposes.  NWSS has the right to limit entries and deny any application at their discretion.

Animal units should have prior parade experience and provide verification that the animals are parade safe and proficient.   This includes, but not limited to, sensory and obstacle trained horses and handlers for large downtown crowds, other parade participants, dogs, street hazards and/or loud noises (horns, sirens, construction, etc.) per public safety standards.  All animals participating in the parade should be healthy and well cared for.  It is at the discretion of NWSS management to determine if an animal or unit is not qualified to participate.

Any parade-day deviations from the originally accepted application, violations of the stated guidelines or inappropriate behavior could result in your unit’s exclusion from the parade.

2020 Parade Application

Contact Us

  • 303-297-1166
  • 303-292-1708

National Western Stock Show
Attn: Parade Entry
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216