The Tucson Rodeo enlists contestants from the United States and Canada for the nine-day celebration, which is known for “non-stop action with bull riding , bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing.”
With some activists arguing that the rodeo is tantamount to animal abuse, Tucson’s largest school district is considering renaming “ rodeo break ” — the longstanding tradition that gives local youngsters two days off from school in February, ostensibly to attend the Tucson rodeo and parade.
Coming February 2022 Before dawn on Thursday of Rodeo Week, fans start lining the streets to watch the Tucson Rodeo Parade (postponed until February 2022 due to COVID). The 2.5-mile stream of horse-drawn coaches, outfitted riders, folk dancers, and marching bands is ranked as the world’s longest non-motorized parade.
4823 S. Sixth Ave.
Tickets can be purchased at tucsonrodeo.com, by phone at 520-741-2233 or in person at the ticket office (4823 S. 6th Ave). Tickets cost $16-$33. NOTE** A clear bag policy is in effect for the 2020 Tucson Rodeo .
The Tucson Rodeo , also known as “La Fiesta de los Vaqueros” first started in 1925. It began as a three day event and competition. The first Tucson Rodeo was held during the time of the Prohibition. Leighton Kramer, president of the Arizona Polo Association came up with the idea to have a rodeo .