Rodeo Parade Takes Over Downtown Springdale
Cowboys and cow girls made their way down Emma Avenue in Springdale for the Rodeo of the Ozarks’ second annual parade.
Businesses and organizations showed off their floats and competed for the top prize. For the second year in a row, the winning trophy went to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
“Everybody loves to win, but mostly it’s just a lot of fun getting out here with all the people and spending some time,” said Chuck Chiver of Sons of the Confederate Veterans. “The crowds are great going through Springdale.”
These proud descendants of confederate soldiers dressed up in Civil War era clothing.
“My great- great- great grandfather, him and his five brothers actually survived the Civil War,” said 11 year-old Arthur Anders, who was dressed as a soldier.
Those who were marching and driving in the parade said the best part is all of the people who lined up along the streets.
“We toss out little coins and candy and that kind of stuff and they go wild. It`s a lot of fun,” Chivers said.
5NEWS Anchors Ashley Ketz and Daren Bobb also made their way down Emma Avenue.
People of all ages enjoyed the horses and the patriotism in the parade.
“They are my favorite and they are cute,” Katie Edmisten said.
“It just represents America and our freedoms and we always have the marching bands, and we always have the soldiers and the flags, and it`s just heartwarming,” Millie Edmisten said.
Representing U.S. history is one reason the Sons of the Confederate Veterans are part of this parade year after year, especially during the Fourth of July weekend.
Tonight is the final performance of the 68th annual Rodeo of the Ozarks. Mutton Bustin’ begins at 6:30 p.m and the show begins at 7:30p.m. followed by fireworks.