It’s Western Week in Scottsdale! Scottsdale is already known as “The West’s Most Western Town,” and this week it really shows. Rodeos, the Pony Express, and the Indian Festival are all components of this special week for the city. The climax that caps off the whole week, however, is the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol! This huge parade brings history and culture to the forefront for thousands of spectators in Old Town Scottsdale.
Marching Bands, dancing groups, Native American groups, local celebrities, and lots of people on horseback! Those are just a few categories of the sights you’ll see passing by in the parade. The parade passes through the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. You’ll be surrounded by the locale’s western shops, Mexican cuisine, and the Arizona Indian Festival, so there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The parade begins at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard, and it loops around Old Town, ending at Indian School Road and Brown Road. See the full route map here. The attendance is expected to exceed 30,000, so be sure to find your parking early. Otherwise, the event is completely free to attend for everybody! Immediately after the parade ends, the party continues with the Trail’s End Festival, which will include a “Kidz Zone,” a petting zoo, food trucks, and much more.
This year’s Parada del Sol will be on Saturday, February 5th, beginning at 10:00 AM. You can learn more about the schedule for Western Week by clicking here!