The annual Parada del Sol has been a staple of Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1953 and has over the years become the largest horse-drawn parade in the world. A sea of nearly 150 floats, horse troupes, and other parties march down Scottsdale Road every February for this grand event, then flood into a big afterparty called Trail's End, where there are old Western gunfights, trick roping, kids' games, and more.
What to Expect
The Parada del Sol is part of a greater Western Week that takes over Scottsdale during winter. Western Week includes its own farmers market, the Arizona Indian Festival, a food truck festival, and more. Saturday is reserved for the parade, itself, which features more horses, chaps, and cowboy hats than you could ever wish for. Pretty much everyone in town—the cowboys, the Indians, and otherwise—get involved.
Afterwards, there's Trail's End, a block party for all ages. It has three stages dedicated to Western entertainers, Native American dancers, and Hispanic dancers. There's also a kid's area with lots of activities and vendors.
Date and Time
This year's parade will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 10 a.m.
The historic, cowboy-inspired procession takes place in Old Town Scottsdale, where it's surrounded by old-style saloons and other things you might see in a Western movie.
The parade route runs south on Scottsdale Road from Drinkwater Boulevard to 1st Street, then west to Marshall Way, then south again to 2nd Street, east to Brown Avenue, then north to Indian School Road, where it ends. The Trail's End celebration starts immediately after the parade ends, around noon, and continues until 4 p.m. It takes place in Old Town, too.
How to Visit
Neither the parade nor Trail's End require tickets. Both are free and open to the public. Street parking and public parking lots are free in Scottsdale, but expect road closures from 4 a.m. on the following streets:
- Indian School Road from Drinkwater Boulevard to Marshal Way
- Scottsdale Road from Goldwater to Camelback Road
- Drinkwater Boulevard from Indian School to Scottsdale Roads
- Brown Avenue from Second Street to Indian School Road
- Local streets between Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard, north of Third Avenue
- Marshall Way from Main to Second Street
If you're looking for tickets to the Parada del Sol Rodeo, a separate event that's held at a different time and place than the parade, you can purchase those in advance at the Trail's End celebration.
Tips for Visiting Parada del Sol
- Wear your Western gear—most people do!
- Bring a folding chair. You might dread packing it around with you, but you'll be thankful when you have somewhere to sit during the two hour-long parade.
- Call 5-1-1, then dial *7 for motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
- Check the Scottsdale Parada del Sol website for changes and detailed information.