From the authentic Western costumes of Spirit of the West Riders to the glitz and glamour of stunt-riding cowgirls, the 2014 Rose Parade brought viewers a taste of the Old West and the new. Charros, an integral part of the Southern California experience, and Native Americans on Appaloosas originally developed by the Nez Perce, fill out the history of the wild—and not so wild—west.
Each has a yarn to spin. Phil Spangenberger, gun coach to the stars, and Spirit of the West have ridden in every Rose Parade since 1992, except for 2010; The Martinez Family is making their 32nd appearance. The Norco Cowgirls have only been in the parade once before and the Calizona Appaloosa Club twice. There are two charro groups, Hermanos Bañuelos and the Martinez Family, both made up of lariat-twirling families; and two cowgirl units, Norco and All American Cowgirl Chicks.
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