After a lot of searching on the internet, checking out all the local papers and leaving numerous phone messages that were not returned, it seemed that Cave Creek doesn’t want out of towners to show up at their rodeos and parades. Neither the web site nor the Facebook page identified the parade route or anything beyond the start times for the kid’s mutton-busting event and the actual rodeo. Hmmm. Well, we could always check out the parade – after all, it was supposed to be in celebration of the rodeo, and you can’t have a rodeo without horses – no brainer, right? That said, we piled into the car and headed out to Cave Creek in the direction of the end of the parade route (that would be Harold’s). The traffic directors, when asked, basically instructed us to park wherever we could find a space. Interesting. At least that wasn’t too hard to do. Soon we had a great view along the parade route. It was a good show, lasted over an hour, and really showed some fun local flavor.
Afterwards, most of the restaurants at and near Harold’s were packed, so we headed out to the Wagon Wheel just south of the town center, and had a great breakfast, Cave Creek style.
Maybe one of these days the organizers will figure out how to properly publicize the event and get a really great turn-out instead of a private party.