5 things you need to know about today's Tucson Rodeo Parade

5 things you need to know about today's Tucson Rodeo Parade

This community tradition, started in Tucson in 1925, is the largest non-motorized parade in the country. This year, the Tucson Rodeo Parade is expecting 200,000 spectators. Here is what you need to know:

The time: The 2016 Tucson Rodeo Parade begins this Thursday at 9 a.m. Most roads will close at 7 a.m. The streets will begin closing at 6 a.m. and will reopen at 12:30 p.m.

The route: The route begins on Ajo Way just west of Park Avenue. It goes east to Park, and turns south on Park to Irvington Road, where it goes west to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the north end of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

The fancy seating: The judges and reviewing stands are located on the north side of Irvington close to Sixth Avenue. Grandstand seating is on Irvington Road. Seating in this area requires tickets, which are $10 per adult; $5 for children age 11 and under. To buy in advance, call the rodeo parade office at 294-1280 or buy them at ticket booths on parade day. No weapons will be allowed and all bags will be checked.

The free seating: However, spots along the route are free and on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Grand Marshal: This year's Parade Grand Marshal is Chandler Warden, a local philanthropist. Bud Krietemeyer is also being honored for his 50 years of service volunteering to the rodeo parade committee and the parade museum.

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