Coronado National Forest receives top honors in Tucson Rodeo Parade

ARIZONA – Led by Forest Supervisor Kerwin Dewberry, the Coronado National Forest received first place in the western riding group division during the 93rd Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade, held Feb. 22. 

The popular event is known as the world’s longest non-motorized parade. Coronado’s entry in the parade consisted of mounted riders, a pack string, a wagon, marching “rangers” and Smokey Bear. It illustrated how skills such as riding and packing are still as useful today as they were for agency’s early forest rangers. 

The Forest has participated in the parade for over 80 years. This year, for the third consecutive year, the entry was honored with a first place in the western riding group division. Trophies for this achievement are displayed in the Forest Supervisor's Office dating back to 1937.


One of the Coronado’s official horses waiting around for festivities to commence. Forest Service photo.

Coronado National Forest employee leads pack into the parade. Forest Service photo.

Coronado National Forest supervisor Kerwin Dewberry (center) leads the entry. Forest Service photo.


Forest Service employees wave from the wagon at attendees along the parade route. Forest Service photo.

 


All five districts from the Coronado were represented in the parade. Forest Service photo.

Coronado National Forest supervisor Kerwin Dewberry, leading the parade. Forest Service photo.