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Tombstone’s Buffalo Soldier Days celebration starts Saturday
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | DANA COLE

Posted on 06/07/2012 3:04:16 PM PDT by SandRat

TOMBSTONE — In a tribute to the historic Buffalo Soldiers, Tombstone is hosting its fourth annual Buffalo Soldiers days on Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature street entertainment both days, with a parade on Saturday.

“This is our fourth annual Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers,” said Bill Pakinkis, the event coordinator. “The Buffalo Soldiers’ role in taming the Wild West during the territorial period is well documented in this area,” he added.

The two-day event officially kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the “ever popular” Buffalo Soldiers parade, which starts at Sixth and Allen streets, ending at Second and Allen in the vicinity of the American Legion.

“The parade is always one of the event’s highlights, but we’re going to have two full days of street entertainment, featuring local entertainment groups,” Pakinkis said. Activities will start around 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and end around 4 p.m. both days. Different activities and entertainment groups will be announced throughout the weekend, Pakinkis said.

The Buffalo Soldiers’ tribute is sponsored by the Wild West Detachment of the Marine Corps League of Tombstone and the merchants of the City of Tombstone.

All interested persons, groups, veterans’ organizations and businesses that would like to participate in Saturday’s parade should contact Pakinkis (Bronco Bill) at broncobill@powerc.net, or (520) 266-5266.

In addition, Steve Goldstein can be contacted at (520) 678-4570.

Parade applications can be picked up at the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, 109 S. Fourth St.

For information, contact the chamber at (520)457-9317.

“Every year we’ve had great response for this event,” Pakinkis said.

“We urge everyone to come enjoy the activities on historic Allen Street this weekend and learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers, the distinguished mounted group who helped to tame the west.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: buffalo; celebration; soldier; tombstne

1 posted on 06/07/2012 3:04:25 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Great article. It’s only about the soldiers.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 3:15:39 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: SandRat

Will the bands play a tribute to Bob Marley?


3 posted on 06/07/2012 3:59:47 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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