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Parade kicks off Rodeo Days

The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard leads the 2009 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs Tuesday.

The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard leads the 2009 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs Tuesday.

Story and photos by Douglas M. Rule

Fort Carson Public Affairs Office

Fort Carson Soldiers from the 759th Military Police Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade and the Mounted Color Guard joined forces with the Pikes Peak Range Riders and other local groups at the 2009 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade downtown Colorado Springs Tuesday.

For the second year, the parade was held in the evening. Prior to 2008, the parade was held in the daytime. According to Amy Ochs, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade Ramrod chairman, the new time period ensured more family participation than the midmorning hours. She said that this was especially important as the parade and the Street Breakfast, held

June 24, are the primary advertising methods for the rodeo.

“Over the years, the parade (through registrations, advertising and sponsorships) has raised sufficient funds for our military friends,” she said in a statement. “In 2007, in coordination with the Military Affairs Council, a scholarship fund was set up for ‘Children/Spouses of Local Fallen/Wounded Soldiers.’ I am pleased to say that all the parade proceeds go into this fund.”

The grand marshal this year was Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base.

Fort Carson Night was held Wednesday, the first day of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Profits from the rodeo go to the local military installations to use for servicemember- and Family-support organizations, such as Army Community Service.

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