One of the best know events in Tucson, Arizona is La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson rodeo which was first started in 1925 by a winter visitor who thought it would bring winter visitors to the area. It has for these many years.
photo credit: kretyen
It is the preceded every year by the longest non-mechanized parade in the country with marching bands, individual riders decked out in their western gear and horse drawn western themed buggies and floats. One of the owners of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast dressed up as Annie Oakley and rode her horse in the 1954 parade when she was just fourteen.
The rodeo participants come from all over the country to compete in bronc and bull riding, barrel racing, roping, and more. All the information you’ll need if you are visiting the Tucson area between February 20 through the 28th can be found on the Tucson Rodeo link above.