Stock Show Kick-Off Parade

Stock Show 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, businessmen, and women get to step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands, and floats.

January 5 at Noon
Start: Union Station at 17th Street
End: 17th & Glenarm Pl

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Please prepare for street closures near and along the parade route.

Please be aware and cognizant of the returning parade entries along 18th street to Wynkoop.  Vehicles should keep a safe distance from horses and riders as they return to the parade staging area.  The safety of patrons, animals, and riders is of the utmost importance.

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Grand Marshal
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Dr. Temple Grandin to Serve as NWSS 2023 Parade Grand Marshal

On Thursday, January 5, renowned author, speaker, and professor of Animal Science, Dr. Temple Grandin, will lead the traditional drive of Longhorn cattle, horses, and western wagons through the streets of downtown Denver to celebrate the start of the 117th National Western Stock Show. The parade begins at noon outside Union Station and marches twelve blocks down 17th Street to Glenarm Place.

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Stock Show Fair at McGregor Square
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Stock Show Fair at McGregor Square

Everyone is invited to the first-ever Stock Show Fair at McGregor Square! McGregor Square goes western with McNicholas Miniatures therapy horses, music, western royalty, food market, and more.

Date: Jan 5
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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