Clydesdales

Clydesdales

Prescott claims to have the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” which draws both competitors and fans for eight shows over the course of a week. Yesterday we attended my first Prescott Frontier Days Parade. We placed our seating in the middle of Goodwin Street facing west behind earlier arrivals who formed the first row. This year’s theme, “Let Freedom Ring,” featured more than 150 entries. Horses, of course,¬† were prominent ranging from wagons drawn by Clydesdales to numerous well dressed queens riding equally dressed steeds to buckskin cowboys ballyhooing an earlier era. Special mention should be credited to the baseball players who volunteered to scoop up after the horses. Modern horsepower was represented by antique cars and fire engines, huge trucks, and a surprising number of vintage corvettes. Several over-sized Honda motorcycles performed coordinated drills. Patriotic red, white and blue costuming was a star attraction along with vintage garb from earlier times. Veterans from our many wars were in attendance with a surprising number of references to submarines. Presidential aspirants decided to wait until next year with only local politicians looking for votes. Costumed greyhound dogs marched by with their owners and a plea for more rescue adopting of this breed. Two of my favorite groups were represented in the parade. The Over the Hill Gang is composed of volunteers who have created new area hiking trails. Library staff drilled with library carts. Some floats effectively decorated with balloons since flowers are in short supply. My only suggestion to improve this parade would be to find a few more marching bands. About 25,000 people attended this 2.5 hour parade. It’s a good one.

Spooky

Spooky

During the Fourth of July weekend, the 35th Annual Prescott Rodeo Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show offers about 150 booths circling the Yavapai Courthouse Plaza. It is always interesting to see the variety and quality of the art work. Music in the gazebo along with several food booths add to the mix. Items for dogs are especially well represented. We took the opportunity to shop for a new hat, and were not disappointed. The spookiest booth displayed scary looking heads and mannequins presumably for Halloween.

Prescott Sunset Color

Prescott Sunset Color

Returning to Whiskey Row Saturday evening, we checked out the street dance. We circled the closed off section of street but decided not to pay $5 to join the dozen people standing in the street. In contrast, lots of people were standing on the sidewalk in front of the crowded local bars or sitting on their own lawn chairs on the Courthouse side of the street. We arrived as one band finished their set and we determined that it might be another hour before the next band would play. Instead, we returned home and enjoyed a back-splash of sunset color from our deck. By looking through trees, we could see fireworks, but if we stay in Prescott next year, we need to find a better viewing perch. Prescott is a great place to celebrate the Fourth.

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