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Little Beaver Parade and Rodeo, Dulce

July 20, 2019 all-day
NM 87528


A faded comic strip character bursts to life with an annual parade in northern New Mexico.

TROY VICENTI SAYS HE BECAME the chosen one not long after birth. Fred Harman, who was famous for his Red Ryder comic strip, lived on a Colorado ranch not far from the Vicentis’ home in Dulce, a little town that lies a bit west of Chama and serves as the tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Vicenti’s family and their neighbors were friends with Harman and visited him regularly. “I was still wrapped in a cloth and everything, and my mother took me up to his ranch,” Vicenti says. “And he told her: ‘This boy is going to be Little Beaver.’”

“Even as Red Ryder faded from the national consciousness, the Jicarilla Apache tribe never forgot Vicenti’s role as Little Beaver, and the parade, which began in his honor in 1958, has continued to the present day. The event now includes a rodeo, a powwow, races, competitions, and live music. In 2017, many of the elaborate parade floats featured horse-related scenes for the year’s theme, Honoring the Horse. Little Beaver’s likeness grinned from the sides of pickup trucks, banners, and horse trailers. Native celebrities, especially tribal beauty queens, punctuated the scene. There was Miss Jicarilla Apache, Miss Junior Jicarilla Apache, even little Miss Head Start. And finally, there was 2017’s Little Beaver himself, a boy no more than seven, smiling shyly and waving to his cheering fans.”

SATURDAY, 07/20/19

Little Beaver Parade

Parade line up at Dulce School Administration parking lot. Parade will start at 10:00 am, proceed on Hawks Drive to US 64 and end at the Dulce Park. Contact Parade Coordinator Nancy Callady at (575) 235-8273 or Little Beaver Committee (575) 759-4378 for more information.


Hawks Drive & Highway 64

61st Annual Little Beaver Roundup Rodeo

AIRCA Performance at 10:00 am; NNRA Performance following.

Admission into Fairgrounds, Per Session: Adults $10.00 per person, Children $5.00 (6 yrs to 13 yrs), Senior Citizens 65 & Older-FREE


Rodeo Grounds

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