National Western Stock Show Parade canceled in Denver


The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo parade was to happen Thursday in downtown Denver.

DENVER — The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is opening its doorways this week after a two-year absence, however the iconic kickoff parade is not going to be a part of the festivities.

National Western Stock Show organizers canceled this week’s kickoff parade resulting from anticipated climate points Thursday morning, mentioned Paul Andrews, NWSS president and CEO.

The parade and cattle drive by the streets of downtown Denver was to start at midday Thursday at Union Station earlier than marching 12 blocks down seventeenth Street to Glenarm Place.

The Denver metro space is predicted to obtain 1 to 4 inches of snow starting Wednesday night, however the temperature will drop to round zero by Thursday morning. Parade organizers canceled the parade over issues of snow, wind and icy circumstances on seventeenth Street.

The Stock Show Fair, scheduled for Thursday at McGregor Square, can also be canceled.  

The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo begins Saturday, Jan. 8 and runs till Sunday, Jan. 23.

The 116-year-old custom brings in 1000’s of farmers, ranchers and metropolis people alike to the complicated close to Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard.

Tickets to the 2022 National Western Stock Show are on sale now at

“After meeting with weather professionals, veterinarians, livestock and horse experts, we have decided to cancel the parade this Thursday,” mentioned National Western Stock Show CEO Paul Andrews. “The forecast calls for snow Wednesday evening and continuing through the night. The larger problems are the single-digit temperatures and high winds making for icy conditions. Due to the risk for the parade entries traveling to Denver in high-profile vehicles hauling animals and hitches, as well as the risk for the animals along the parade route, the decision has been made to cancel.”

National Western Stock Show Kickoff Parade

Leading Thursday’s parade procession was to be an meeting of Colorado’s First Responders as honorary 2022 Stock Show parade grand marshals.

“Without question, we want to recognize first responders as our parade grand marshals. These heroic men and women selflessly serve our communities every day,” Andrews mentioned. “They dedicate their lives to saving lives and we feel this is the perfect opportunity to honor their service and sacrifice and to express our gratitude.”

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