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Sonora, CA — Some of them even set out their chairs early as yesterday morning just to get a good spots to watch the floats go by for the Mother Lode Round-up parade. Thousands will be cramming into downtown Sonora this morning for the popular Parade which starts at 10a.m.

Round-up Chairman Jim Earl says there will be plenty of floats and horses vying for the top prize, “Our two biggest prizes are the Tuolumne Cup which is the overall best non-equestrian entry or float. The other one is the Mother Lode Sweepstakes and that is the best equestrian entry. We usually get over 200 entries all competing for top honors.”


North and South Washington Streets will be blocked off to traffic beginning at 9:30am. There’s also no parking in most areas of Washington Street. New this year, there is also no parking along the side streets. Click here for the parking and road closures.


The party doesn’t stop when the parade ends. Parade goers can mosey on over to the Rodeo which starts at 2p.m. in the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Sheriff’s Posse member Dan Durnall says there are plenty of events, “You’re going to see professional events in the bareback riding. You’re going to see calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and everyone’s favorite the bull riding.”


After that you can dance the night away to the tunes of the Chris Gardner Band at the Round-Up Rodeo Dance starting at 8p.m. Click here for a complete list of this weekend’s Round-up events.


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