DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver tradition will take over downtown streets on Thursday. The National Western Stock Show Parade kicks off at Union Station at noon.

(credit: CBS)

More than 40 Longhorn cattle, along with horses and wagons will then march through downtown and end at 17th Street and Tremont Place.

National Western Stock Show Parade map (credit: National Western Stock Show)

The tradition started in the 1960s and became a favorite tradition showcasing Colorado’s country roots. Dana Crawford will serve as the 2019 Grand Marshal.

Dana Crawford (credit: CBS)

Last October, CBS4 interviewed Crawford after she was credited with preserving and restoring more than one million square feet of historic Denver.

The parade is capped off with a BBQ lunch in the atrium of the Wells Fargo Building at 17th St. and Broadway. The lunch is open to the public and tickets cost $11. The proceeds go toward the 4-H International Youth Group.

LINK: National Western Stock Show

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