DENVER (AP) — The National Western Stock Show is getting under way in Denver.

Longhorn steers were driven along 17th Street downtown on Thursday as part of the parade kicking off the annual event.

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The 108th edition of the show runs 16 days. Events began Sunday with a quarter horse show. Rodeo performances start Saturday.

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More than 15,000 animals from alpacas to yaks are brought to the show.

Attendance last year was about 628,000, down from a record 727,000 in 2006.

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