A year ago, no one was betting that Michael Hancock would win the crowded race to become Denver's next mayor. But the gamble paid off, and today, when Mayor Hancock celebrates Dress Western Day -- the one day that Denver doesn't apologize for being a cowtown -- he'll be wearing very appropriate footgear.
His prize dress-Western possession? A pair of boots with a winning hand on the front and Las Vegas on the soles.
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"The Stock Show is a time-honored tradition for our city, region and state," Hancock said in announcing that today is Dress Western Day. "We are excited to kick-off its 106th year here in Denver. We encourage our employees, residents and visitors to get into the steer-wranglin' spirit and join us in donning our Western wear in celebration of this cherished institution."
And if you had boots like the ones pictured here, who wouldn't celebrate?
Dress Western Day coincides with the annual Stock Show Parade -- featuring a Texas Longhorn cattle drive, marching bands, floats, horseback riders and performing cowboys and cowgirls. The parade will start at Union Station at high noon and head out along 17th Street. (Fair warning: the parking lots at Union Station have been closed since Tuesday.) Find additional information on the National Western Stock Show here.
Michael Hancock held an open house at his campaign office -- maybe the luckiest political office in Colorado -- a year ago today. Read about that in our post "Michael Hancock has a lucky address in his run for Denver mayor."