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National Western Stock Show Parade Turns Denver Into a Real Cowtown. Yeehaw!

The Mile High City is on the moooove.
A real cattle drive!
A real cattle drive! Evan Semón Photography
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The day was overcast, but the sun broke through for the kickoff of the 2024 National Western Stock Show Parade at noon Thursday, January 4. Crowds of onlookers gathered to catch the traditional cattle drive along 17th Street and celebrate in the sunshine.

Both commerce and traffic came to a halt as a parade full of real horses, fake horses, cowboys, tractors, marching bands, cheerleaders and dancers cut through downtown while grand marshal and former Denver Bronco great Randy Gradishar and Mayor Mike Johnston waved to the crowd.

While the parade is the standard start to Stock Show season, the events at the National Western Complex officially begin on Saturday, January 6.

Meanwhile, Evan Semón was at the parade to capture the action:
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Selfie with Mom before the parade.
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Live cattle on the mooove.
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Denver Broncos Ring of Famer Randy Gradishar was the grand marshal.
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Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot, got in on the act.
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A tiny person on a miniature (but real) horse.
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Denver's 46th mayor, Mike Johnston, tips his hat to the crowd.
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Denver Broncos cheerleaders watched their step.
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More careful marching.
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Ballet folklórico dancers.
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Driving a stagecoach with one hand is not easy.
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A fake animal parade participant.
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A real cowboy.
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Flag-waving at the parade.
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Those are some real long horns.
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