84 Years of Parade History: The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.
FULL PARADE ON MONTANA AVE. SCHEDULED FOR THANKSGIVING MORNING 2022
Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day)
Television: Live coverage of the Parade on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC). – Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. (MT). Simulcast on KTSM.com
Will be available on www.sunbowl.org and YouTube the following day.
Web Stream: https://www.ktsm.com/9-stream/
2022 Parade Theme: Mardi Gras, El Paso Style
Grand Marshal: TBD
2022 Virtual Parade Program: (coming in November 2022)
2021 Parade on YouTube: https://youtu.be/C6fpaZWb7TM
Review Stands: Tickets are available at at the Sun Bowl Association Office for $10.00. The review stand is at 1600 Montana (Emergence Health Network).
Step off Time: 10 a.m. (MST)
Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)
Anticipated Units: 100 units including floats, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.
Anticipated Crowd: Spectators line Montana Ave. each Thanksgiving morning to watch the largest community event in the Southwest.