OLD WEST MEETS THE NEW WEST IN SCOTTSDALE
Celebrating more than 50 years in Scottsdale, the Parada del Sol is the world's longest horse-drawn parade and takes place every February in downtown (this year on Saturday, February 20).
Following the procession is the infamous Trails End Celebration with winner announcements, Western entertainment, music and a pancake breakfast. The parade kicks off the Parada del Sol Rodeo, a full week of boot stompin' fun at WestWorld of Scottsdale that includes rodeos, dances, live country Western music, children's activities and more.
Other Scottsdale Western events include the Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show, Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition and Sale and the annual Western ArtWalk in downtown Scottsdale. The National Festival of the West is a four-day Old West celebration in March that includes a Western tradeshow, a music jamboree on four stages, an Extreme Cowboy Race, Chuck Wagon cook-offs and a writing competition.
Visitors of all ages can delight in authentic stagecoach rides through downtown Scottsdale on Thursday evenings and Friday and Saturday afternoons. Pulled by North American spotted draft horses, the carriage takes guests on a free Western-related ride through the Old Town area of Scottsdale, highlighting significant stops and public art along the way. From mid-October through April, guests also can enjoy horse-drawn rides through downtown Scottsdale's art district from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays during the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk event.
For more information about top events in Arizona, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Arizona at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-arizona.html
Or, take a look at the official web site for Scottsdale at www.scottsdalecvb.com/