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flag-bearing cowboys on horseback p by during the start of the the 60th annual parada del sol parade in scottsdale.(p o: aaron lavinsky/the republic)

looking for some old west-themed fun? for 64 years, the free scottsdale parada del sol in scottsdale has been a celebration of western heritage with horse-drawn carriages, bands, wagons, stagecoaches and mounted riders like the maricopa county sheriff’s posse, hashknife pony express riders and scottsdale charros.

the theme for this year’s parade is the stars of scottsdale, which recognizes the leadership families of scottsdale. some of these leaders include historian marshall trimble (this year’s parade marshall), the corral family and the george cavalliere family.

also in attendance will be a newly re-created group, the “howdy dudettes.” these women were the greeters and goodwill amb adors for the parade in the 1960s.

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directly after the parade is the trail’s end festival with entertainment on three stages featuring western entertainers, native american dancers and hispanic dancers. al entertainment will include rockabilly, string and rock bands.

children can enjoy a cowboy kids zone. and for the adults, there's the arizona wine garden featuring arizona stronghold award-winning wines.

details: 10 a.m. urday, feb. 11. scottsdale road in old town scottsdale. free. paradadelsolparade-trailsend.com/parade.html.

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the historical parade banner leads the procession during

the historical parade banner leads the procession during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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frosty the bull walks down scottsdale road to start

frosty the bull walks down scottsdale road to start off the parade during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the bridwell riders hold the flags as the parade's

the bridwell riders hold the flags as the parade's honor guard during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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scottsdale mayor jim lane waves to the crowd during

scottsdale mayor jim lane waves to the crowd during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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members of the scottsdale mayor's youth council wave

members of the scottsdale mayor's youth council wave to the crowd during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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c idy, 7, and colin dorin, 5, of gilbert, wave to

c idy, 7, and colin dorin, 5, of gilbert, wave to the floats during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the scottsdale charros take many horses down the parade

the scottsdale charros take many horses down the parade path during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the wells fargo wagon from the wells fargo division

the wells fargo wagon from the wells fargo division rolls down the route during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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(from left) willie witzig, 5, broderick schmidgall,

(from left) willie witzig, 5, broderick schmidgall, 8, reesa witzig, 6, and anika schmidgall, 5, all of scottsdale, look on as candy comes their way during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the scottsdale charros take many horses down the parade

the scottsdale charros take many horses down the parade path during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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liberty wildlife showcases a bald eagle named aurora

liberty wildlife showcases a bald eagle named aurora during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the scottsdale charros drive horses down the parade

the scottsdale charros drive horses down the parade path during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the saguaro high school marching band plays down

the saguaro high school marching band plays down the parade route during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the saguaro high school marching band plays along

the saguaro high school marching band plays along the parade route during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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crowds of people sit on the sidewalk as the parade

crowds of people sit on the sidewalk as the parade makes its way down scottsdale road during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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beautiful cl ic cars are showcased during the parada

beautiful cl ic cars are showcased during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the saguaro high school cheer squad provides pep along

the saguaro high school cheer squad provides pep along the the parade route during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the saguaro high school football team shows its state

the saguaro high school football team shows its state championship trophy during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the bill williams mountain men dressed in animal hides

the bill williams mountain men dressed in animal hides ride during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the scottsdale mounted police ride in line during the

the scottsdale mounted police ride in line during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio waves to crowds

maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio waves to crowds during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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veterans from the korean war drive period military

veterans from the korean war drive period military vehicles during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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veterans from the korean war wave to the crowd during

veterans from the korean war wave to the crowd during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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thousands of people line the streets during the parada

thousands of people line the streets during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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cl ic police cars are paraded through old town scottsdale

cl ic police cars are paraded through old town scottsdale during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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the scottsdale charros take many horses down the parade

the scottsdale charros take many horses down the parade path during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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a ford deluxe makes its way down the parade path during

a ford deluxe makes its way down the parade path during the parada del sol on urday, feb. 14, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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