Join us for the largest non-motorized parade in Colorado on October 1, 2022.




  • The Cowboy Parade is FREE to enter and open to any entrant that is not motor propelled.
  • The parade begins at 10:30 the train depot and proceeds down Main St. to 12th St.
  • Parade activities will kick off the at 9:45 a.m. with local music groups at various locations up and down Main Street. Right before the 10:30 a.m. parade start, there will be an Old West gunfight just north of the Strater Hotel.
  • Once you have registered for the parade, please download the following information: Everything You Need To Know For Parade Day
  • Registration/Check-in tables will open at 8:45 a.m. at two locations. One will be on the corner of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue to make it easier to check in for those who have horses, donkeys and/or mules. The other check-in table will be across from the train station for those who are walkers/dancers or other entries which have no animals. It will also serve as a General Information Table.
  • Online Entries will be accepted up until Thursday, September 29, but we recommend early registration.
    (Two advance registration options are provided below)
  • All parade participants MUST sign a release form.


If you miss the deadline for some reason, please contact Pam Jacobs, Parade Coordinator at (512) 517-5619 and we will make arrangements for you. We want you to participate but please know that it makes the parade lineup and the announcer’s job a lot easier if your entry is received by the deadline.
We really appreciate your help on this!



Please complete the Entry AND Release forms (adult and/or child) and submit online by clicking the links below.

Parade Entry and Adult Release Form

Additional Adult Release Form

Additional Child Release Form



Please complete the Entry and Release forms and mail to:
Durango Cowboy Gathering
Attention: Parade Committee
PO Box 2571
Durango, CO 81302

Entry and Release forms must be received by Thursday, September 29.

Parade Entry Form

Adult Release Form

Child Release Form

Parade entries will be judged and trophies will be awarded in the following categories: 

  • Most Impressive Horse Entry 
  • Most Impressive Mule or Donkey Entry 
  • Most Fashionable Animal Entry  
  • Best Spirit of the Old West 
  • Best Youth Entry 
  • Best Family Entry 
  • Best Walking (non-mounted) Entry 
  • Best Wagon Entry 
  • Silver Spur Award (Judges’ Choice)


If you are unable to participate in the parade itself, we are always looking for volunteers. No parade of this size can be successful without the efforts of its volunteers.

What are some things you can do?

  • Intersection/barrier guards--traffic control
  • Check-in process
  • Assisting with the parade line-up
  • Helping out with the horses and wagons
  • Escorting guests and performers to the correct wagon
  • Help supervise  FFA kids and their assignments

For more parade information, call (512)-517-5619 or email

Cowboy Chuck Wagon Breakfast

7:30 to 10:00 am
Corner of 5th St. and Main Ave. in downtown Durango
Biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and lots of black coffee. $12 for adults, kids 5 and under free. Tickets available at the wagon! More info 970-403-4451.

2021 Cowboy Parade Grand Marshal was Anne Rapp

Trail guide, wrangler, outfitter, movie and television advisor, owner of Rapp Corral, and overall horsewoman extraordinaire.

Anne Rapp’s life has revolved around horses and the back country since she was a little girl. She came to Durango from the Front Range when she was 17 years old and attended Ft. Lewis College, but college did not hold her attention for very long. The following year, she started working with a pack outfit and never looked back. Since 1982, she has owned the well known Rapp Corral, a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Located north of town, the stable gives riders the opportunity to experience the splendor and excitement of the San Juan Mountains. Anne takes great pride in the fact that this is a family operated business with daughter Ems and son Barry helping out along with grandsons, Ryder and Rhet. In addition to trail rides, pack trips, horse training, cattle round-ups, and winter sleigh rides, Anne has also been involved in television and motion picture production. From location scouting to providing horses and wrangling services, she has worked with several well known directors and actors. Some of the movies she has been associated with include “The Missing” with Academy Award and Golden Globe winners Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchette, “3:10 to Yuma” with Academy Award and Golden Globe winners Russell Crowe and Peter Fonda, “The Hateful Eight” with Kurt Russell and award winning director Quentin Tarantino, “Appaloosa” with Ed Harris and Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger and Emmy nominated television series “Comanche Moon” with Wes Studi and Val Kilmer.

Anne has always been a big supporter of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Over the years, she has driven many a wagon in our parade, and for the past eleven years, Rapp Corral has hosted one of the top activities of the Gathering---the Cowboy Poet Trail Ride. Anne’s passion for horses and the western life style she embraces has touched the lives of so many people especially those who visit Durango for its old west heritage. Many of them will go horseback riding at Rapp Corral, and it may be their first and only exposure to cowboy life. Anne knows this, and she and her wranglers enjoy giving them an unforgettable experience.

According to Anne, “the western way of life is extraordinary to many…the work is never ending…but the rewards unimaginable. The beauty of the San Juan Mountains, the magnificence of a working mountain horse or mule—these are things I never tire of.” Fortunately, she takes great pleasure in sharing her lifestyle with others.

Now after 40 years of guiding riders through some of the most picturesque mountain landscapes in the San Juans , Anne has decided to retire. This decision will be a big loss to our community, but even though she has no definite plans at the moment, she has promised  that she will maintain a presence in Southwest Colorado because that is where her heart is and always will be.


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