COLORADO SPRINGS - Traffic was heavy around downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday evening as organizers prepared for the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade.
The parade began at 6:30 p.m., traveling eight blocks along Tejon, from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue.
It was free for everyone to enjoy.
Parade coordinator Amy Ochs said cloudy skies and the threat of rain wouldn't discourage attendance, which normally is between 20,000 and 40,000 people.
"We've had rain before," she said. "Only a threat of lightning would cancel it."
The famous and popular Clydesdale horses, Olympic athletes and two military bands were among the parade highlights this year.
Tyenna Zumpone and her family arrived several hours early to claim a prime viewing spot at the intersection of Platte Avenue and Tejon Street.
"It's a 20-year tradition for us," she said.
Side streets branching off the parade route were blocked off, so many people arrived downtown early in hopes of beating the crowd and finding the best vantage points.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will be held July 12-15 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.
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