2/14: Scottsdale Parada del Sol

Scottsdale’s Parada del Sol, a pageant celebrating the heritage of the West’s Most Western Town, will follow a new route this year that’s actually an old route.

Saturday’s parade kicks off a week of activities leading up to the Parada del Sol Rodeo beginning Feb. 26. The 62nd annual parade, which will include about 150 floats, marching bands, equestrian and other groups, will be followed by a block party and farmers market. Organizers expect as many as 100,000 people.

“We’ll have horses, carriages, antique cars, stagecoach cars, fire engines, there’s a lot of animal clubs, they bring their dogs,” parade adviser Garry Cooper said. “Some entries … may have 15 to 20 riders.”

The farmers market will be open before and after the parade at First Street and Brown Avenue. The Trail’s End block party will be at Brown and First Avenue.

The route was changed to loop through downtown Scottsdale, which organizers say should provide easier access for parade participants.

The parade starts at Drinkwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road and moves south to Second Street, then east to Brown and north to Indian School Road. The route is similar to what it was in the 1950s, parade officials said.

“The route is almost like a circle,” Cooper said. “This is a shorter distance (for parade participants) to get back to their cars.”

The former route went north on Scottsdale Road from Oak Street to Indian School Road. The new route loops through downtown.

The new route has some skeptics.

“My concern is, what will they do with people who congregate between Oak Street and downtown?” Peterson said. “Now that they’ve put (the route) into a smaller congested area, where will they put all the hundreds of people who park near the Wilshire Plaza?”

Parada del Sol officials said the route was changed because the highest turnout of spectators is in the downtown area. Fewer people watched south of Second Street, Cooper said.

Parada del Sol

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

Where: From Drinkwater Boulevard, the parade will go south on Scottsdale Road, east on Second Street and north on Brown Avenue to Indian School Road.

Admission: Free.

Details: paradadelsol.rodeo.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/events/2015/02/12/scottsdale-parada-del-sol/23010209/