The Independence Day Parade has been an integral fixture of the Greeley Stampede throughout its history. Though there were likely parades in conjunction with the holiday before, the first year we have records of a Spud Rodeo-hosted parade is 1925. Categories for the parade that year included:
- Best Decorated Private Automobile
- For Organization Having Largest Per Cent of Members Marching, and Best Appearance. This category included community groups and organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, churches, service groups, unions and patriotic organizations.
- For Best Decorated Industrial Float
- For Best Lodge or Service Club Float
- For Best Clown in Parade
Prizes for the category winners ranged from $5 - $30 (roughly $75 - $450 by today's standards)! The parade route has also changed over the years. In 1925, the parade began at City Hall (which was, at the time, at 7th Street and 9th Avenue). The route would head south on 9th Avenue to 11th Street, east one block to 8th Avenue and would dismiss at the State Armory which is on 8th Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.
Today, the Greeley Stampede hosts a Fourth of July parade that attracts thousands of attendees and over 150 floats, acts, and marching bands. Additionally, guests at the Greeley Stampede can see the daily Parade in the Park which features longhorns, tractors, hitches, and visiting rodeo royalty!
Enjoy this gallery of some parade photos throughout the decades!