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90th annual rodeo parade to trot through South Side streets

Local schools districts closed

  • Steer wrestling at the 2011 rodeo.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comSteer wrestling at the 2011 rodeo.

For the 90th year, horses, wagons and bands will march, roll and clip-clop through Tucson's streets Thursday morning, marking the annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

Several streets on the South Side will be closed for the event, billed as the longest non-mechanized parade in the nation. The parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

From 7 a.m through the early afternoon, major roads along the parade route will be closed and neighborhoods can expect congestion on side streets.

At about 7 a.m., South Sixth Avenue will be closed between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. Around 8 a.m., Ajo between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park between Ajo and Irvington, and Irvington between Park and Sixth will be closed. All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Access to the Veterans Administration Hospital will be provided on Veterans Boulevard at Sixth Avenue while streets are closed for the parade.

All local school districts and Pima Community College will close for the Tucson Rodeo on Thursday and Friday:

  • Tucson Unified School District
  • Amphitheater School District
  • Catalina Foothills School District
  • Marana Unified School District
  • Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Vail School District

The Tucson Rodeo continues through Sunday.

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