Downtown Pendleton experienced sensory overload Saturday during the first of two Pendleton Round-Up parades.
The Dress-Up Parade kicked off with a cannon blast as about 60 runners shot off the start line to race the parade route. The runners led about 130 parade entries up Dorion Avenue and down Court past spectators that lined both sides of the route.
The spectators got everything but silence as they heard whoops of the cowboys and cowgirls, the sweet sound of the calliope, the rattle of antique cars, the squeals of children chasing candy, horse hooves on the pavement and the roar of the streetcleaner at the end of the parade. Their eyes feasted on Indians in full regalia, rodeo courts in leather and fringe, regal horses and waving flags.
The Pendleton Round-Up is in its 105th year. The Dress-Up Parade is hosted by the Main Street Cowboys.