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What's that smell? National Western Stock Show returns to Denver [photos]

Photo by Melissa Kostic

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For over a century, Denver has hosted one of the largest livestock shows in the world—the National Western Stock Show. The event is the largest trade show in Colorado, a state where 75% of the agricultural economy is dominated by livestock and related products. This week the event returned, bringing more than 15,000 horses, cows, sheep, pigs and even llamas to the city.

On Tuesday crowds lined up on 17th Street "the Wall Street of the West," to watch the Stock Show’s kickoff parade. Grand Marshall Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies was there, but he was largely upstaged by a herd of longhorn cattle, tractors doing donuts in the intersection, and another herd of municipal street sweepers that followed the procession, eliminating the eliminations of the animals that preceded them.

 More images from the 2010 Stock Show Parade below.
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  • Lindsay G - Salt Lake City Cross Country Travel 4 years ago

    What a good time! One of my favorite things is a horse parade and I will be at one of the largest in Scottsdale, AZ on Feb 20th
    Loved your pictures!

  • Kendra Wiig 4 years ago

    Thanks for the comment, Lindsay. Hope you enjoy the parade in AZ. Take pictures!

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