'Back in the saddle'

Rodeo parade doesn't disappoint attendees numbering in the thousands

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/20/21

The Evergreen Rodeo Parade is back — with horses, local groups and classic cars that have always made the festival a great time for young and old, locals and visitors. The longstanding Evergreen …

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'Back in the saddle'

Rodeo parade doesn't disappoint attendees numbering in the thousands

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The Evergreen Rodeo Parade is back — with horses, local groups and classic cars that have always made the festival a great time for young and old, locals and visitors.

The longstanding Evergreen tradition on June 19 had something for everyone — including the candy tossed to children along the parade route on Main Street in downtown Evergreen.

Before the parade started, Rocky the Leprechaun rode on an ATV, calling to the crowd, “Are you ready for a big parade?” to which everyone yelled “yes” with enthusiasm.

The people sitting in the back of the Cactus Jack's Grill and Saloon truck brought along a few water balloons to have fun with the crowd, and they were challenged by attendees who had some water balloons, too — all in good fun.

A covered wagon, a truckload of furniture, the Evergreen High School cheerleaders and poms, the Rotary Wildfire Ready truck, rodeo royalty and more made their way slowly along the parade route.

This year, before the parade, there were even flamingos. Flamingos, you ask? Yes, two girls dressed as flamingos walked the parade route through downtown Evergreen, handing out leis to let people know about Kiki's Bowls on the east end of downtown.

Havana Wygal and Kaia Packer said they thought it was a fun way to spread the word about the restaurant — and eventually they got used to putting the flamingo waddle in their step as they moved along the parade route.

Rachel Nicks from Seasonally Yours, Jim Sherwood with the Evergreen Clothing Co. and Annie Hunter from Baskin Robbins were the judges, tasked with deciding the entrants with the most originality, the most crowd appeal and the best theme. They were anticipating watching the 70 entrants as they passed by the main stage across from the Little Bear.

Sherwood noted there was a robust turnout — the largest downtown Evergreen had seen in two years.

“We're back in the saddle again,” Nicks said.

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