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Isaac Diaz competes in the saddle bronc riding event at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in 2015 (Larry Gaurano/Aztec Press 2015
Isaac Diaz competes in the saddle bronc riding event at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in 2015 (Larry Gaurano/Aztec Press 2015

Compiled by Eddie Celaya

Rodeo parade

Feb. 25

A historic Tucson tradition since 1925 and cause for a deeply appreciated four-day Pima Community College holiday, the 91st annual Tucson Rodeo Parade kicks off festivities for Rodeo Week on Feb. 25.

The parade is billed as “The World’s Longest Non-Motorized Parade.” As many as 200 non-motorized floats will begin their journey at 9 a.m. along a 1.5 mile route that starts at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, and proceeds south on Park to Irvington Road.

This year’s parade grand marshal is Chandler Warden, a former radio host and noted philanthropist.

Street spots along the route are free, with seating first-come, first-serve. Grandstand seating is available on Irvington, with tickets costing $10 for adults and $5 for children under 13. Call 294-1280 for tickets.


La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Through Feb. 28

More than 650 competitors from all over the world will vie for nearly $500,000 in prize money as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros hosts multiple events through Feb. 28.

Daily activities including traditional rodeo events, barn dancing and workshops take place at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. The rodeo finals will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 2 p.m.

Daily admission prices range from $14 to $70, depending on seating area and day. Barn dances cost an extra $5 and parking costs $7.

Call 741-2233 for tickets.


Tucson Peace Fair

and Music Festival

Feb. 27

With the theme “Compassion for Refugees and Migrants,” the Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival enters its 34th year.

Festivities take place at the Reid Park band shell, near 22nd Street and Country Club Road, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

The gathering will feature music by bands including One HeartBeat and Tucson’s Raging Grannies. There will also be art and activities for kids, and food vendors.

The Peace Fair is the largest gathering of peace, justice and environmental groups in Arizona.


Arizona Renaissance Festival

Through March 27

The dark ages and medieval times return every Saturday and Sunday through March 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Boasting 12 stages and new attractions, this year’s festival promises to make anyone say, “Hazah!”

Now in its 28th year, the festival features a traditional jousting tournament, a corn maze and period-specific arts and crafts. Don’t forget the turkey-legs, and the candied apples!

No pets will be permitted. Tickets cost $23 for ages 12 and older, with discounts available. Parking is free.

From Tucson, take Highway 70 to Florence Junction, then go west 7 miles on Highway 60 to Festival Village.


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