National Western Stock Show cancels 2017 parade due to weather

The National Western Stock Show won’t have a parade in 2017.

A parade to kick off the National Western Stock Show makes it's way down Denver (Courtesy of the National Western Stock Show)
A parade to kick off the National Western Stock Show makes it's way down Denver (Courtesy of the National Western Stock Show)
A parade to kick off the National Western Stock Show makes its way down Denver (Courtesy of the National Western Stock Show)

The National Western Stock Show plans to skip its kick-off parade this year due to a cold front making its way across Colorado.

Concerns about the safety of the horses, cattle and other animals scheduled to be featured in Thursday’s parade caused National Western to cancel the event Tuesday. The 111th National Western Stock Show is still expected to open its doors 9 a.m. Saturday.

“We we will not be able to reschedule. Hoping for better weather next year!” the organization said on Twitter.

The annual Stock Show Parade barbecue lunch is still expected to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Wells Fargo Building at 17th Street & Broadway. The barbecue is open to the public and benefits the 4-H International Youth Group. Lunch tickets are $10.

There’s a 60 percent for chance snow Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in Denver, according to the National Weather Service.

“The risk of animal injury and injury to people is far too great with the 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted and 6 degree temperatures,” Stock Show President and CEO, Paul Andrews, said in a statement.

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