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Colorado Cultural Events: Festivals and Rodeos All Year Round

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From native dance celebration to iconic mountain bluegrass festivals, Colorado offers all manner of rodeos, coffin races, and outhouse rides. Every town has some interesting, colorful, photogenic tradition. Maybe it's the altitude, but some zany customs have taken hold in Colorado. The more rooted activities include stock shows, rodeos, small town parades, and celebrations of local wildlife. Here is a small sampling.
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40 Moffat Ave, Yampa, CO 80483, USA
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If you want to see a small-town Independence Day parade, head over to Yampa, Colorado. This quaint town of less than five hundred people holds its Fourth of July procession every year. Sights such as the local marching band, citizens on horseback,...
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4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216, USA
Every January thousands of cows, horses, sheep and cowboys ride into town for one of Denver's oldest and finest traditions - the National Western Stock Show. The over 100 year history has seen the 17-day event grow, but some things stay the same,...
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1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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Boulder was my home for 17 years, and so it's tough for me to think of it as a tourist attraction. There are of course many wonderful things to see: the Flatirons, Chautauqua, and the Pearl Street Mall, which was just a run-down street when I was...
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Nederland, CO 80466, USA
In 1994, a newspaper reporter in the town of Nederland discovered that one resident, a Norwegian immigrant named Aud Bauge, had been keeping her father’s cryonically preserved corpse in a shed behind her house for half a decade. Thus was the...
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Durango, CO, USA
Founded in 1979 with the aim of relieving residents’ midwinter blues, Snowdown has evolved into a massive themed winter carnival that draws hundreds of people to Durango to dress up in costumes, drink profusely, watch a parade, and take part in...
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150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
International Snow Sculpture Championships each year brings decorated snow artists to Breckenridge, Colo. During the five-day competition, teams hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into incredible works of art. Once the judging is complete and...
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137 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
This is a great photo by Robin Johnson of a family at the 2012 Oktoberfest in Breckenridge, Colo. The party is the largest in the Rocky Mountains, so it helps to have a little local's knowledge -- 1. Friday and Sunday tend to be a bit quieter, so...
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170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
If you're in Colorado the last weekend in September, it’s worth visiting Estes Park, a cool little summer resort town just outside Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Not only is the fall foliage on full display, the elk are too ... and they’re...
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137 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
There's only one REAL Santa. But each December in Breckenridge, Colo., hundreds of wanna-be St. Nicks line up on Main Street for a fun run to support Adopt an Angel Summit County. Kiddos are welcome for the Reindeer Run, s'mores kits and jingle...
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Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
There are few places on earth where snow is discussed with as much veneration, approbation, and frustration than in a ski town. Snow, or lack of it, can make or break a town, and residents will resort to just about anything to ensure a good snow...
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Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen's old-fashioned July 4 parade showcases floats from nearly all of the community businesses and organizations. Many epitomize Aspen's work hard/play hard ethos. Even though there wasn't snow on the ground, the Aspen Snowmass team decorated...
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118 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
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Located in a bright and modern second-floor space on Ridge Street in Breckenridge, Cuppa Joe delivers on coffee. Incredible breakfast burritos, one-of-a-kind oatmeal lattes and cafe sandwiches seal the deal.
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4600 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216, USA
The Denver March Powwow is a three-day event in the Denver Coliseum and is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the country. This year, the 40th annual Powwow will be held March 21-23, 2014, and will feature over 1,600 dancers representing...