'It's just water!'; Rodeo parade prep continues amid winter storm
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CREATED Feb. 20, 2013
Reporter: Maggie Vespa
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With just hours to go until the annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros rodeo parade, how did Wednesday's snow affect the big event?
As 9OYS found out, the show will go on rain, shine, or snow.
Trevor Goodman has waited his whole life, which is all of 12 years, to sit atop the Mormon Batallion float.
He wasn't about to let not going to let Mother Nature dampen his excitement.
"When you turn 12, you get to be in here," he said. "So I really want to be in here like my dad and grandpa."
Still after 3+ hours of nailing, drilling, and slinging big bales of hay, he's learned to be careful what he wishes for.
9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa asked"Are you cold?"
Trevor responded, "Yes. Very cold."
Next door members of the League of Mexican American Women kicked into high gear when the snow let up, worried their hard work would wilt away.
"The flowers have been made in my house for the past month, and today we have a total of 500," said Elaine Ward, rodeo chairperson for the League.
She motioned to the 500 vulnerable, tissue-fashioned flowers, which won't mix well with water.
Vespa asked "Were you worried about decorating your float today when you saw what mother nature had in store?"
She answered, "Oh yes. I asked them if we could move my wagon into the barn, and they said it wasn't possible."
It wasn't possible for Tucson Parks and Recreation, either.
After a day working in the damp, cold conditions, they were thrilled to break out the tarp.
"We got a nice break in when we were putting it together, and now it's starting to rain again, and we finally got done," said Michael Givens.
It's a feeling that warms the hearts of these cold volunteers, who say, even if Mother Nature does decide to rain on their parade, it won't ruin their plans.
"It's just water! Right," said Ward. "It won't kill you."
Despite all that water, we are told no float is left unfinished.
The parade kicks off at 9 a.m, and organizers say no matter what, this show will go on.
They add it's only been cancelled twice before, and the reasons had nothing to do with weather.
The rodeo and parade both came to a screeching hault back in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II.