Parade celebrates Deadwood history, economy

As Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Rodeo entered its penultimate day Friday, the city took some time to look back on what put deadwood on the map.

Thousands of locals and visitors lined Main Street for the 94th Days of ’76 Historic Parade. The parade brought some of Deadwood’s most famous and colorful characters from its early days to life.

Participants donned period dress and paraded through historic downtown in antique wagons.

The annual event is a part of Deadwood’s heritage. And Grand Marshals April and Michael Gustafson said its also a part of Deadwood’s economic success.

"The Deadwood economy is largely based on tourism," Michael said. "And the attraction of tourists is the history of Deadwood – The Wild West, the Gold Rush, everything that’s connected with it. Guns and whiskey and gambling. All that excitement, The Wild West!"

For folks who could not attend Friday’s celebration, another parade was held on Saturday morning.

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