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Photos: Tucson Rodeo kickoff

The Tucson Rodeo got underway this weeknd, with competitions in bareback riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Events continue through Feb. 27.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Billed as the world's longest non-mechanized parade, it will feature over 200 horse-powered and walking entries.

The "Celebration of the Cowboys" began in 1925. It is one of the top 25 rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, with prize monies over $420,000.

See tucsonrodeo.com for event and ticket info.

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Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.com

Cort Scheer, of Elsmere, Neb., hangs on during the saddle bronc event on the second day of the Tucson Rodeo on Sunday. Scheer was given a re-ride after his 66 point performance on Eskimo, and failed to score on the second ride.