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Anza Trail Volunteers Share Top Honors at La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   ATCA , Arizona , Pima County , living history

Tucson Rodeo Parade

In its public debut, the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona Color Guard shared top honors at the 88th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade on February 21, 2013.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, as the event is known, bills itself as the world’s largest non-motorized parade. The celebration is a cultural fixture in Tucson; local schools are closed for the event, and it is broadcast live on local television.

The parade committee awarded its Chairman’s Award to the Anza Trail volunteers for exemplifying the spirit and theme of Western heritage. For this, the color guard’s first public event, William Islas depicted Lt. Col. Juan Bautista de Anza, leading a contingent of Spanish colonial soldiers and settlers through the streets of Tucson. Islas traces his family lineage to a member of the Anza expedition.

The non-profit Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona developed the color guard to educate the public about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

The color guard portrays men, women, and children in authentic clothing of the expedition. While primarily designed to be a mounted unit, the guard also includes participants on foot.

The Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona provides horses, transportation, and support to the color guard members, many of whom also participate at their own expense in practice drills to maintain their horsemanship skills.

Other trophy winners at this year’s Fiesta de los Vaqueros included the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center and the League of Mexican-American Women.

For more information about La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, visit www.tucsonrodeoparade.com. For more information about the Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, visit www.anzatrail.com

Images


Tucson Rodeo Parade
Credit: Rick Collins, Tucson Presidio Trust

Tucson Rodeo Parade
Credit: Rick Collins, Tucson Presidio Trust

Tucson Rodeo Parade Participants
Credit: Rick Collins, Tucson Presidio Trust

Tucson Rodeo Parade - Group Shot
Credit: Rick Collins, Tucson Presidio Trust

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