If the Westward Ho! Parade stands for the history and tradition of Western culture, the Dress-Up Parade is its goofier cousin.
While Westward Ho! is solely powered by non-motorized travel like livestock, wagons and buggies, the Dress-Up parade is a little more eclectic.
The Saturday morning before Round-Up week, rodeo courts and civic groups interspersed with wacky floats and colorful costumes will proceed through Pendleton’s downtown area as children line the streets, waiting for a participants to throw candy into the audience.
Among the parade highlights will be the Main Street Cowboys, clad in their signature purple and chartreuse shirts and accompanied by a calliope.
Pendleton’s “Goodwill ambassadors” and the organizers behind a parade that regularly draws more than 100 entries, the Main Street Cowboys provide benches not only for the Dress-Up Parade audience but for community events year-round.
The roughly hour-long parade will start at Pendleton City Hall on Southwest Dorion Avenue and Fourth Street on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. The parade heads east and then turns to continue west down Court Avenue, ending at the Round-Up grounds. First and second-place trophies will be awarded in each category, as well as a grand prize trophy to the float with the most votes.