From the Archives

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Feb. 22, 1974

Tucson Rodeo of the Past

"There were old-fashioned stagecoaches and smiling children and waving clowns and stepping horses. There were veterans' marching bands and Bisbee, Benson and Marana high school marching bands in glittering uniforms, gingham uniforms and mismatched uniforms.

"The various organizations and families in the community that rode in the town's parade ranged from the Chamber of Commerce to the Southern Arizona Mule association to Gus' Trench and Pipelines.

"The Tucson Vigilantes dressed as Indians for their float, and some of the Indians wore wigs beneath their costumes in the display.

"A few glimpses into the past were enjoyable as Indian marchers broke into traditional dance steps and chants during the procession. Indian women carried baskets and gourds balanced on their heads, and wore native tribal garb."