Saturday, February 19, 2011

PARADA DEL SOL

DSCN0321 Last Saturday (when the sun was still shining) My sister and her hubby joined us for the drive to Scottsdale to attend this parade.

On Friday the festivities kicked off with a reenactment of the Hashknife Pony Express where  riders brave weather, terrain and more obstacles on a 200-mile trek from Holbrook, Arizona to Scottsdale. 

DSCN0360 Members of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Posse pick up mail along the way and camp overnight in towns like Heber, Pine and Strawberry to deliver over 1,000 letters to the main post office in Old Town Scottsdale just like they did in the Old West.

DSCN0347 Then on Saturday they hold the Parada del Sol which means “walk in the sun”. This parade has the distinction of being known as the World’s Largest Horse Drawn Parade.

  DSCN0436It was a wonderful parade. Some of the most gorgeous horses ever.

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN0464 A couple of golden retriever rescue groups, amazing bike riders, and wonderful Mexican dancers. Along with high school bands and other odds and ends of organizations.

 

DSCN0368 Sheriff Joe was also in attendance along with the Mayor and City Council of Scottsdale.

DSCN0315 Jim took well over 200 pictures of the parade and I’ve spent the last week going through them trying to decide which ones to post. Sure hope you enjoy them.

 

 

DSCN0316 Bringing up the end of the parade was Walter The Bus. An amazing contraption built with lots of love and artistic endeavor. I really recommend that you visit his website at www.walterthebus.com and find out more about him.DSCN0483 DSCN0310

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8 comments:

  1. I think you did a good job picking photos from 200! Looked like a very interesting parade. I would have applauded when Sheriff Joe went by. Loved the whacky bus.

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  2. Super pictures! Isn't it neat to experience the local talent and see how others celebrate. I think I enjoy that most about this lifestyle.

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  3. How fun. Glad to FINALLY see you out and about again. See you soon! I'll keep you busy.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this parade with us. I zoomed in on more pictures than I usually do. I can see I'm going to enjoy spending some time on Walter's website.

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