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Colmo del Rodeo Parade set for Saturday July 13th

Bring the Family out for the free parade in Old Town Salinas

SALINAS, CA, July 10, 2013 –The California Rodeo Salinas revived the Colmo del Rodeo Parade for the centennial celebration back in 2010 and since then, the residents of Salinas have embraced the event and come out each year to watch the lighted floats, bands and other entries as they light up the streets of Old Town Salinas. The Colmo del Rodeo Parade, presented by Taylor Farms, will roll through the city on Saturday July 13th at 8pm. This parade was once conducted on Saturday night of the Rodeo and was the largest lighted parade west of the Mississippi. Now it serves to help kick off Big Week here in Salinas along with the Kiddie Kapers Parade and Cowboy Poetry events that happen the weekend prior to the California Rodeo itself.

The Grand Marshall for the parade will be ‘Coach’ Bob Kelley and the Honorary Grand Marshall will be radio talent Alex Lucas. Bob Kelley is a local legend who played professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles, coached football at Hartnell College, worked for the California Rodeo Salinas and is being inducted into the Salinas Valley Athletic Hall of Fame this year. Alex Lucas is one of the top morning radio personalities and can be heard locally on Jose 107.1FM. Broadcast nationwide, El Show del Genio Lucas is composed of two segments: music and optimistic talk. This complete program includes everything from jokes to funny and humorous congratulatory phone calls.

New and exciting this year will be ‘Jack’ of Jack in the Box riding on their float. Bring your family out early and reserve your spot along the street as the parade begins at S. Main Street and Acacia at 8pm and ends at the Steinbeck Center at 1 Main Street.

The California Rodeo Salinas appreciates the sponsors who joined Taylor Farms in supporting this parade; Rava Ranches, Alco Water, CSC of Salinas, Joypers Shoes, Lincoln Elementary, Monterey County Petroleum, Brent Eastman Insurance Services, Jack in the Box, Norm Yop, Tanimura & Antle, RDO Equipment, Republic Services, A&G Pumping, Casey Printing, Coastal Tractor, Famous Dave’s, Mission Linen & Uniform Supply, The Steinbeck Center and Peter L. Dwares along with Media Sponsors, KION-TV CBS 46/KCBA-TV Fox 35, Univision KSMS 67, KLOK Tri-Color 99.5FM, KSES Jose 107.1FM and The Salinas Californian. For more information, visit and scroll over Events, Parades and click on Colmo del Rodeo Parade.

About California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 18-21, 2013. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $350,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.

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