Celebrating Arizona's Centennial

Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial

Prescott, celebrating its 125th World’s Oldest Rodeo and the state of Arizona’s Centennial, hosted a major parade this morning.  We arrived about 9 a.m. and stayed until almost 11 a.m., finding a shady spot along Montezuma Street just beyond Whiskey Row.  The theme for this year’s parade was “Prescott — Where It All Began.”  Arizona Public Service displayed a huge inflatable state flag.  The parade was organized by time segments with the first representing pre-1912, the year of Arizona’s statehood, and then by 25 year periods.  There were lots of horses, some pulling wagons, others with cowboy/cowgirl riders.  Period costumes appeared authentic although most had to be hot with temperatures rising into the 90s.  Horse pooper scoopers chose different themes for their work such as wearing over-sized cowboy hats, wearing surgical masks or baseball outfits, and using a miniature train engine with car for collecting equestrian deposits.  Antique fire engines, cars, and tractors added to creative floats.  A couple of different bagpipe groups provided music.  Of course, politicians were also well represented.  Dentist and Representative  Paul Gosar distributed practical toothbrushes.  We appreciated the Lions and 4-H youth selling cold water.  Somewhat surprisingly, Prescott’s parade was much better than Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.