The sounds of hooves filled Pawhuska’s Main Street as roundup clubs took to the city on horseback to participate in the Cavalcade parade Saturday.


The parade, which also featured rural fire department vehicles, covered wagons and Shriners, grabbed attention as they came down the street. From call-and-response chants to candy hitting the road, the parade appealed to all ages.


Brett Rogers of Durant grew up in Pawhuska, and brought his 5-year-old son, Bennett, to watch the parade while they were visiting family in town.


“Being the 71st Cavalcade, a lot of activities for Pawhuska. So, it brings back lot of folks from around the state and around the area. Luckily for me, being back home, it’s fun seeing festivities and a lot of people in town,” Rogers said.


Some people left the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile and stuck around to watch the full procession, like Charles and Dana Cosgrove of Oklahoma City.


The couple was in town as part of their 20th anniversary celebration and didn’t know the Cavalcade parade would be happening. However, because Dana enjoys watching parades, the two stayed to watch and “really learned a lot about the area.”


“I thought it was very good,” Dana Cosgrove said. “It makes you ask questions, like us. We didn’t have any idea so we started asking around.”


Meanwhile, Bennett Rogers and 4-year-old Kestrel Chesbro agreed the best part of the parade was the candy.


Local businesses are also seeing sales affected by Cavalcade, even during the parade. Randi Chesbro, manager of Sister’s Attic, located on Main Street, said they’ve seen an increase in business, although that isn’t always the case.


“Cavalcade, sometimes it’s busy, sometimes it’s not. Usually when it’s really hot, we don’t get a lot of traffic, but we’re getting so much more traffic in general, that sometimes it’s hard to dertmine if they’re coming from Cavalcade or if they’re just here in town,” she said.


Randi Chesbro said parades have always had a place in Pawhuska, but the amount has slowed over the years.


“[Pawhuska] was the first town, and the only place I’ve ever lived, where, I don’t care what the holiday is, it could be national dog catchers day — they’d have a parade for it,” she said. “It’s just a big deal and it’s fun and exciting, but I understand it’s hard to get volunteers to do that.”


Pete Goltra, Past Potentate of the Akdar Shriners, rode in the Parade as one of the motorcyclists who made people gasp over synchronized riding. He said this parade is one of the 56 parades his shrine will cover this year, across one-third of the state, but the best part of the parade is always the same.


“Having fun and helping children, no charge,” Goltra said.


Goltra, who has been a Shriner for 45 years, said his favorite part of riding in the Cavalcade parade was watching children and adults wave as they performed.


Randi Chesbro said the popularity of parades symbolizes something about the people in Pawhuska.


“It definitely reflects the community. And it’s great. It’s probably, other than Christmas, it’s probably my favorite parade,” she said. “This is cowboy country.”