Stock Show Parade


The sight of over 40 Longhorn cattle walking through the streets of downtown Denver can only mean one thing…it’s Stock Show time.

The National Western Stock Show kick-off parade is a sight to see. On this one afternoon in January, the streets of downtown Denver are lined with boots, chaps and cowboy hats to celebrate Colorado’s western traditions and the iconic National Western Stock Show. Kids, families, business men and women get to step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands and floats. The parade starts at Union Station and runs down 17th Street on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at noon.

The National Western Stock Show’s parade through the streets of Downtown Denver, started in the 1960’s and has become a must-see event to kick-off Stock Show every year. See our list of former parade Grand Marshal’s below:

2017 – N/A
2016 – Rich Karlis
2015 – Chauncey Billups
2014 – Dean Singleton
2013 – Mayor Michael Hancock
2012 – Federico Pena
2011 – Penny Tweedy Chenery
2010 – Todd Helton
2009 – Baxter Black
2008 – Nolan Ryan
2007 – Rin Tin Tin X
2006 – Ben Nighthorse Campbell
2005 – Rulan Gardner
2004 – John Hickenlooper
2003 – N/A
2002 – Larry Mahon
2001 – N/A
2000 – N/A
1999 – N/A
1998 – N/A
1997 – N/A
1996 – N/A
1995 – N/A
1994 – N/A
1993 – N/A
1992 – N/A
1991 – N/A
1990 – N/A
1989 – N/A
1988 – N/A
1987 – N/A
1986 – N/A
1985 – Governor Richard D. Lamm
1984 – Mayor Pena
In conjunction with the parade is the annual National Western BBQ Lunch beginning at 11:30am in the atrium at the Wells Fargo Building. Visitors can listen to Western music and catch up on the latest trends at a Western Fashion Show. The BBQ is open to the public and benefits the 4-H International Youth Group. Meal Tickets are $10.
The NWSS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3). We appreciate the $40 parade entry contribution in support of the historic Stock Show parade.

Parade entries for 2018 are now closed. 

Click on the links below to view and download forms. Insurance and Release and Waiver forms must be filled out and submitted prior to acceptance into the Parade. Please email completed forms to If you are unsure of what forms you need to fill out, please contact us.

Individuals (not in an organized group)

Organized Groups (rodeos, high schools, teams…)

Contact Us

  • 720-231-5657
  • 303-292-1708

National Western Stock Show
Attn: Parade Entry
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216