Wake-Up Call: We're bullish on Denver

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Thirty years ago, Denver boosters were so worried that the city was considered a cowtown that they launched a campaign to appear more cosmopolitan, banishing any bovine connections. Westword responded by adopting the cow (and its bullish brethren) as a mascot for our annual Best of Denver, which celebrates everything that's great about this city -- Western-influenced or not. (We're already rounding up categories for our Best of Denver 2009, which will be published March 26, and you can vote in our online Readers' Poll right now.)

Despite our Best efforts to celebrate Denver's frontier heritage, this city is still self-conscious about its cowtown reputation. But not today. Today, on Dress Western Day, the National Western Stock Show Parade will march from Union Station to the State Capitol, led by former Denver resident Baxter Black and featuring a bunch of boosters -- who'll all be wearing boots and hats, even if they park them in their closets after today.

But right now, Denver is on the mooove.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

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