A successful parade is dependent on the right balance of people and a lot of great stuff. Cody, Wyoming nailed it both times I was saw the Stampede Parade.

Some interesting sights were:

-Shriners in go-karts.

-Dick Cheney riding the rumble seat of a car.

-Too many marching bands to count.

-Horsemen, horsewomen and horse children.

-A squadron of John Deere tractors.

-Oddballs and nuts.

-Spectators of all stripes.

Cody has an effective reserve-seating system. Here’s how it works. If you want to save a specific place on the route, show up the night before and place your chair on the sidewalk. When you return the next day for the parade, your chair and your claimed personal space will be waiting for you.

There’s still plenty of vantage points to see the parade without reserving a spot.

As in all things Wyoming, there’s no shortage of room.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.