Photos from Red Lodge Rodeo and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana (Part 2)

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Photos from Red Lodge Rodeo and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana (Part 2)

To see the first part, click on the following link: Photos of Red Lodge Rodeo and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana (Part 1)  

All the following 16 photos were taken on Saturday, July 3, 2010.  There were 3 parades (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on main street during the July 4th and rodeo weekend.  There are photos of the biggest parade on July 4th which I plan to share in part 3 and 4 of this series of photo posts.

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

We sure have plenty of horses in this parade!

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Nice private seats, close to the action and even the dogs joined in to watch the parade!

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010 

One of the organizations that I love to support in Red Lodge, the Beartooth Humane Alliance.  To find out more, please visit their website at www.beartoothhumane.org .  That is Bonnie waiving at me! 

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

While horse was the most common mean of transportation during this parade, there were some who decided to add a boat load of fun to the parade.

 

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

We have lots of flags in this parade!   Here are some of the many flags of the world that represents all the ethnic backgrounds of the people that came to Red Lodge in the early years and now call Red Lodge home.  Every year in August, the Festival of Nations takes place in Red Lodge, Montana.   The President of the Festival of Nations is Nora Alsager (she can be seen above in the passenger seat of the car).

 

 

 

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010 

We had people of all ages wearing some of the countries traditional costumes at this parade to promote the Festival of Nations.  Kilts seemed to be popular choice for many.

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Gary Robson (owner of Red Lodge Books: www.redlodgebooks.com and owner and Editor of the Local Rag: www.localrag.net) was also proudly holding a sword.  He has served two terms as President of the Festival of Nations.

For more info about the Festival of Nations, you can check their website at www.festivalofnations.us 

 

For more info about the Festival of Nations (including the events taken place today), you can check their website at www.festivalofnations.us

Rodeo of Champions Grounds Keeper: Mencel Carey.  He was parading in a 1957 W.D. 45 Allis Chalmers that he restored.

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Moose I say more?

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Notice the kid (in the baby carriage on the right hand side) who seemed captivated by the colorful clown.

 

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

There was all kind of clowns in the parade to bring smiles to people's and doggies faces!  Seen above are clowns of the Red Lodge Shrine Club.

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Lots of cowboys and cowgirls were at the parade.  You can tell that these two cowgirls were enjoying being part of the parade and waving at the people.  

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

If you have not yet experience the Beartooth All American Road then you need to put it on your bucket list.  The late Charles Kuralt, travel correspondent for CBS News, referred to the Beartooth Highway (US 212) as "the most beautiful road in America."

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

The local ranger district also had representation in the parade.   They had help from Smokey the Bear which worked hard to remind Americans of the importance of outdoor fire safety and wildfire prevention.

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Who said you can not look patriotic with a guitar?  And appropriately, there is a store in Red Lodge called "Red Lodge Rocks" seen on the right hand side.   It is not a music store but a store that specialized in all kinds of rocks and minerals.

 

Red Lodge Rodeo of Champions and July 4th Parade - Red Lodge, Montana - July 3, 2010

Lots of patriotic fashion and antique cars were also on display at the parade!  Here's the famous little red corvette.  

Part 1 and Part 2 complete the highlights of the parade that occurred on July 3, 2010.  

Stay tuned for Part 3 and Part 4 (and perhaps Part 5) to see the big parade for the Rodeo of Champion and July 4th that took place on July 4.  I hope to get all the best ones online before July 2010 is over.

Gerry Khatchikian

 

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Comments (16)

Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

I love the rodeo. I work referrals. If you are interested let me know.

Jul 17, 2010 05:57 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Your town looks sooooo awesome!  And the rodeo parade looks like it was alot of fun.  Thanks for the post!

Jul 17, 2010 06:27 PM
Ally Wangsness - Seattle Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Metro Realty, Inc. - Seattle, WA

Hi Gerry. Great photos and comments! Thanks for sharing.

Jul 17, 2010 07:03 PM
Jen Wing
JPW Field Inspections - Chico, CA
Field Inspections Since 2007

Your parade photos are great. 

Jen Wing

Jul 17, 2010 08:25 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Ed,

Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 18, 2010 02:29 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Chris,

You are welcome.   It sure was lots of fun.  We are now having another weekend of fun with the annual Beartooth Rally and Iron Horse Rodeo!   For more details about this or any other events going on in Red Lodge, you are invited to check: www.redlodge.com

 

Jul 18, 2010 02:31 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Ally,

You are welcome.  Thank you for visiting this post and for your nice comments.

Jul 18, 2010 02:32 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Looks like Red Lodge is THE place to be Gerry! It was a gorgeous day right? Love the little puppies standing at attention watcing the 'big dogs'! LOL! Was wondering if there were any moose and then we spotted them in picture 9! 

Jul 18, 2010 02:32 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Jen,

I appreciate your positive feedback.  Thanks.

Jul 18, 2010 02:33 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Al and Peggy,

That Saturday, it was mainly overcast (good for those marching in the poarade) but the following day (July 4) was a gorgeous sunny day and not too hot which was perfect for the biggest of the 3 parades of that weekend. 

I am glad you enjoyed the photos of the doggies (I am sure they were big supporters of the Beartooth Humane Alliance and enjoyed seeing their car int he parade).  

I have a feeling that you enjoyed looking through the many photos in the post and trying to find the one that has moose.   You were spot on with your finding!   :)

Jul 18, 2010 02:39 AM
Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Wow Gerry, thanks for taking me along on your parade fun. Gotta love those little gals in their cowboy hats and that boat was pretty awesome too! You certainly have a talent for capturing the moment, the truck w/ the guitar in front of the Red Lodge Rocks store was perfect timing, love it!!!

Jul 18, 2010 02:45 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Cyndee,

Red Lodge knows how to throw a good parade!  I am glad you could join in remotely.  :)

Only when I was looking at my photos on the computer that I realized the precious moment captured with the guitar and the Red Lodge Rocks sign in the background.   It caught me by surprise but I loved it too!  :)

Jul 19, 2010 04:44 AM
Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Gerry I get many of surprises too when I go to look at my photos on the PC....but they are usually sad surprises, LOL! Just when I thought I had the perfect shot it turns out I was wrong. I have just have keep on practicing :)

Jul 19, 2010 08:50 AM
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

I remember when you posted about this Festival of Nations last year and thinking what a great town to foster pride in individual heritage, as well as to celebrate it in such an inclusive way!  There is so much "ex-clusive" patriotism in some parts of the country it is really refreshing, plus it looks like it was great fun!

Aug 18, 2010 05:39 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Cynthia,

Keep practicing and the sad surpirses will more and more change to happy surprises!  :)

Aug 19, 2010 10:25 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Cheryl,

You have very good memory visiting my last year's post on the Festival of Nations.  :)

It is good to live in harmony and share pride and multiculturalism.   Very fun too to discover different cultures (heritage, music, dance and my favorite, food). 

Aug 19, 2010 10:29 AM