NEW PLAN for the NWSS Parade, please read below:
Event Changed to SHOW and GO, no formal Meetup Prior, possible Meetup Post Parade. (read below)
Originally I planned to host this Meetup, but I will be out of town this day. Fortunately Liz (from the New Year's Fireworks Meetup) has graciously agreed to be the Event Host.
After talking with Liz we decided to change the format of the event. In the past when we have Meetups at large, crowded events we found members get lost on their way to the meeting place and as event hosts end up waiting for people who don't show up.
So instead of meeting at the beginning of the event. Liz wants to poll the group to see who will be interested in meeting afterwards.
Liz also mentioned there are so many other shooting opportunities prior to the parade that many of the members may not want to miss. Liz will point out these opportunities in the next day or two, so be sure to check your email or this announcement.
Parade of Cowboys, Cowgirls, Rodeo Queens, Clowns & Marching Bands!
January is the month when Denver welcomes the world at the National Western Stock Show. The kickoff parade is my favorite. Why? Because this is when the cowboys walk the Longhorns down 17th Street!
This unique sight is so much fun to see, cowboys, longhorns amongst the grand old buildings of Lodo. It's not a sight we get to see everyday, so let's capture it with our cameras.
Playing Hooky From Work?
Yes, it's a workday, but maybe you can breakaway for an early lunch!The parade begins at noon. There's plenty of activity with folks staging for the parade in that area. Once the longhorns come down Wynkoop St, get ready to run, they don't mosey along!
Timing is Everything!
Since this is a parade, being on time is important. If you are late, you are on your own, I'll be somewhere in the crowd with my camera! Parking is usually best in the many parking garages. If you are lucky enough to be able to catch the RTD Lightrail, that is also a good option.
Depending upon the group desires, we may make plans to meet after for a quick bite to eat. We can make these plans just prior to the Parade.
What to bring
Camera with a long lens, zoom if you have it. It's my opinion that tripods and crowds don't mix, so I don't bother to bring mine. Running shoes are important if you plan to get ahead of the Longhorns! Of course us city folk need to remember to watch where we step! Dress warm, January on 17th St. can be really chilly.
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