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Jackson Hole’s Old West Days Parade “in Detail”


The Old West Days Parade signals the beginning of the Summer tourist season here in Jackson Hole. Kids are still in school in many areas of the country, so parade watchers are often made up of locals and regional visitors.  The parade is just one of the many events offered to celebrate Memorial Day.

Color Guard

I took the normal photos of the parade, but chose to isolate small zones and details for this year’s post. I set up near the judge’s stand along the Town Square and watched for “smaller rectangles”.

Jackson Hole Mounted Police

 Many of the parade watchers will be heading north to the Parks soon after the parade.The Jackson Hole Mounted Patrol has been helping with the parade for many years.


The Jackson Hole Community Band has been a fixture at the Memorial Day Parades, for many years. This group of Scouts had to hold their hats and salute the American Flag while facing the bright morning sun.

Old West Days

As you might expect, an Old West Days Parade features a fair amount of participants that celebrate the region’s rich western heritage. The more horses, wagons, carriages, and vintage characters, the better!

Draft Horses

Horses are used heavily in the Old West Days Parade. Earlier in the year, this team pulled sleighs on the National Elk Refuge and later in the year they’ll be pulling wagons up Cache Creek for the Bar-T-5 Covered Wagon Cookouts.

Ornamental Horses

Not all of the horses have fur! These were part of one of the Shriners entry.

Mule and Pack Trains

Sure footed Mules are often part of the parade. They are trained by the Bridger Teton National Forest back country rangers.

Shriners Clown

I’ve been going to the Old West Days Parade for 32 years. Shriners have been part of the parade the entire time. Their fundraising efforts support the Shriners Hospital.


This Gorilla is also part of the Jackson Hole Shrine Club.


Jackson Hole has Cowboys and it has Wranglers. If you call a Wrangler a Cowboy, they’ll often straighten you out. “I don’t drive no gol’ darn cows”.

Pee Wee Rodeo Queens

The Memorial Day Weekend also kicks off the Jackson Hole Shootout and the Jackson Hole Rodeo. Check out on of the area’s Dude Ranches and Trail Ride operations.

Snow Auger

I used my Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-500mm G2 lens today. It was great for isolating people and details like the snow auger mounted on one of the area’s road crew trucks.

The Kids

Parades are for kids! Some can’t walk yet, some are toddlers and youngsters, while some are adults that still dream like kids! I have a friend in Santa Cruz that told me he likes living in a town with a Ferris Wheel. He said,  “Any town with a Ferris Wheel has to be a fun place”. I like living in a town with numerous parades, fairs, and fireworks displays. It has to be a fun place, too! There will be another parade on the 4th of July!

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Comments (2)

  1. Ron Cook

    Great pictures of great community! Thanks.

  2. Lowell Schechter

    Hi Mike
    wonderful images of the different things that go on in the town of Jackson Hole. Of course you have the great things to see out side of the town but next time i am out there I will contact the chamber of commerce and find when these things are going on.

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