By BROOKE WANSER
On Saturday at noon, hundreds will march through the streets of downtown Franklin as part of the annual rodeo parade, a precursor to the Franklin Rodeo.
Founded in 1949, the Franklin Rodeo, which runs May 17 – 19, brings over 18,000 fans each year. It features PRCA professional cowboys and WPRA cowgirls who compete in nationally sanctioned events.
Now, the Franklin Rodeo has become one of the longest running events in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest rodeos east of the Mississippi. It raises money for Rotary charities and projects.
Beginning at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Bridge Street, the parade route with go north up Bridge, circle around town square and through Main Street, finishing on Boyd Mill Avenue.
The free event includes a meet and greet with the cowboys, live music, line dancing, food trucks, and pony and mechanical bull rides.