Until 1925 (with the exception of the spectacular parade staged in 1898 for Buffalo Bill and one in 1910 for President Theodore Roosevelt) the Frontier Days parades were nothing more than wild gallops through the streets of Cheyenne by a bunch of unruly cowboys on wild broncos. Pistols were aimed at upper story windows, pretty girls were lassoed, and pandemonium reigned. That year, the Frontier Committee enlisted Fred and Margaret Boice to stage a pageant using the theme of “The Evolution of Transportation.”
In 1926, Dazee Bristol was asked to create some floats for the parade that would last. The ones she created are still highlights of current parades. They include Dazee’s Dance Hall, Harry P. Hynds Blacksmith Shop, the Placer Mine (depicting South Pass City, Wyoming) and the Silver Crown Mine (which pokes fun at some early residents who invested in a mining scam). In the 1930s and 40s, Dazee added the Vigilante Float, the Hells Half Acre Saloon Float and the One-Room School House.
Join us in Cheyenne as people from all over the world take in the sights and sounds of some of the top marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles in the country! The parade starts in front of the Wyoming Capitol and follows the parade route marked in red on the map below.