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.
We sure have plenty of horses in this parade!
Nice private seats, close to the action and even the dogs joined in to watch the parade!
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!
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.
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).
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.
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
Rodeo of Champions Grounds Keeper: Mencel Carey. He was parading in a 1957 W.D. 45 Allis Chalmers that he restored.
Moose I say more?
Notice the kid (in the baby carriage on the right hand side) who seemed captivated by the colorful clown.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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