The 102nd annnual California Rodeo, one of the largest in the country, opened to the public on Thursday night, July 19 for a four-day run. This is the culmination of "Big Week" in Salinas, when Western-wear is encouraged, and the whole town participates in traditional kick-off events like the 82nd annual “Kiddy Kapers” parade, with homemade floats and marching bands. The California Rodeo Association, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving the traditions of rodeo, and annually contributes much of its revenue to the community.
Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn.
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