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Livermore Rodeo Parade  2018
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Grand Marshall & Community Service Award
Entry Forms, Rules, Etc.
2018 Parade Results
Parade Lineup
Lineup by Category
Parade Entry Categories
Parade Sponsors
Parade Rules

On Other Pages

Parade Route (PDF)

Parade Home Page
(Viewer's guide, rodeo week calendar, etc.)

The 2018 Livermore Rodeo Parade will be held on
June 9
beginning at 10:00am

Grand Marshall & Community Service Award

The Grand Marshall for 2018 is
Dorothy Basso
Read bio

Community Service Award Recipient
Kathleen Minser
Read bio


The Theme of the parade is the Rodeo, as always.

Entry Forms & Contact

Parade entry forms will be mailed around the beginning of April to last year's participants.
They are due May 21.  The forms will be available at the following links:

Click here for the entry form (PDF)
Click here for the Parade Route (PDF)

Contact Info:
Dr. Paul Szmyd
Parade Chairman 2018
Address: PO Box 845    Livermore, Ca. 94551
E-mail; Livermoreparade@yahoo.com


2018 Parade Results

The results are announced and trophies presented at Carnegie Park at 12:30pm on the day of the Rodeo Parade
Results will be posted here on the afternoon of the Rodeo Parade

General Sweepstakes Award


Equestrian Sweepstakes Award


Links go to photos

Equestrian Awards, Judged by the California State Horseman’s Association

Cat # Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

General Entry Awards, Judged by Rotary Club of Livermore

Cat # Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place


2018 Parade Lineup

The parade lineup will be posted when available - generally a week or two before the parade.

Click Here for a one page printable version in Acrobat format (when available).

Links go to the photo(s) of each entry.
(added after parade)

Name of Entry & Photo Link Entry Class People Assemble

Numbers 1 to 60 must be in line by 9:30am
Numbers 61 and up must be in line by 10:30am

Entries by Category

The Parade Entries by Category will be posted when available - generally a week or two before the parade.

NC = Non-competitive (Categories 1, 2, 3, 18, 19, 52)
Categories 4-17 and 20-38 are judged.

Entry Class
Place Name of Entry
(Links go to photos)

Entry Class
Place Name of Entry
(Links go to photos)



Parade Entry Categories

Not all categories have entries.

Class #


1st 2nd 3rd Awarded in 2017

Civilian/Military Bands


Elementary, Jr. High Bands


High School Bands


Majorette Corp/Drill Teams (Senior)

$165 $110   Yes

Majorette Corp/Drill Teams (Junior)

$140 $65 Yes

Solo Majorette

Trophy Trophy Ribbon

Amateur Float (Self-P, Towed)

$165 $110 $60 Yes

Commercial Floats

$165 $110 $60 Yes

Novelty Unit (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Novelty Unit (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Color Guard (Senior)

$90 $60   Yes

Color Guard (Junior)

$90 $60    

Color Guard (Military)

Trophy Trophy   Yes

Antique Vehicles

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Classic & Custom Vehicles

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Antique Fire Engines

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes


Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes



Non-Competitive (open)

Horse Entries (CSHA Judged)

Matched Pair

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Working Western (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Working Western (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Pony/Horse Drawn Vehicle

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Mounted Group (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Mounted Group (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Color Guard

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Plain Western

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Novelty Horse, Costume (Open)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Local Western (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Local Western (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Fancy Dress Western (Senior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Fancy Dress Western (Junior)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Charro/Charra (Open)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Charro Mounted Group

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

Parade Horse (Open)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Future Horse Man/Woman

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Miniature Horse (Open)

Trophy Trophy Ribbon Yes

Junior Equestrian

Trophy Trophy Ribbon  

NC = Non-Competitive (not judged)

General Sweepstakes – Trophy
Equestrian Sweepstakes – Trophy

Parade Sponsors


  Major Sponsors
Rotary Club of Livermore Enterprise Livermore Sanitation
Livermore Stockmen's Rodeo Association

The Independent Newspaper

Major Corporate Sponsors

Topcon Positioning Systems
Baughman's Western Outfitters
Livermore Toyota
City of Livermore
Parkwest Casino 580

The Wine Group - Concannon Winery
Livermore Sanitation
Livermore Stockmen's Rodeo Assocattion
Nancy Steele
Fremont Bank
Tri-Vally Conservancy
Tri-Valley Auto Body
Independent Newspaper
Toyota of Livermore


Corporate Sponsors

Dublin Chevrolet
Fantasy Sound
Ising’s Culligan Water Service
Livermore/Concord Feed and Livestock
Law Office of Jennifer Thaete
Oral Surgery, Dr Jack Mills

Visiting Angels, Keith Beck
Alden Lane Nursery
Bent Creek Winery
Livermore Physical Therapy
Hoge & Fenton
Meritage Wealth Advisors
Mountain Mike’s Pizza
Gene Morgan Insurance Agency
Crown Trophy
Sensiba San Filippo
Image Setters

Parade Sponsors

Al Avilla
LARPD-Tim Barry
Law Office of Elizabeth S. Cassidy
Christian Chukwuma-Financial Advisor
Robert Cowan Consulting
Contrerus Chiropractic-Gerardo Contreras
The Coyle Family
Jay Davis
State Farm Insurance-Kathy Farrell
Milt Finger
Camino Press-John Gordon

East Bay Termite Company-Vern Green
Charles Hartwig
Al Lewis
Deborah McQueen
Pat McMenamin
 eLivermore-Bill Nale
Heritage Bank of Commerce-Rick Peterson
Marty Plone
Capital Insight Financial Group-Jacob Read
Mary Anne Rozsa-Real Estate Agent
Ron Scott
Fairway Independent Mortgage-Dean Simpson
John Shirley
Carolyn Siegfried
Irv & Patty Stowers
Paul Thompson
Kemper Group, CPA-Tim Weaver
Don Wentz
Attorney at Law, Jack Noonan
In Memory of Jerry Bireley, Kathleen Bireley

Livermore Rodeo Parade Rules for 2018


  PARADE CLASSIFICATION must be entered on parade entry form. If you fail to do so, you will be classified as #19, Non-Competitive.
  NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEES: Commercial/Political Entries $125. All others $45. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club of Livermore, and mailed to PO Box 845, Livermore, CA 94551.  Applications will not be processed prior to receipt of the fee.
  ENTRY NUMBERS and instructions will be mailed one week prior to the parade. The main judging stand is at 2nd and "K" Street on the right side of the parade route. All identification numbers must be placed or worn on the right front of the entry in plain view of the judging team.

a. If you are ASSOCIATED WITH ANOTHER ENTRY where you need adjacent entry numbers and we did not provide you with consecutive Entry Numbers, YOU MUST NOTIFY the Parade Chairman IMMEDIATELY. NO Entry Numbers will be Changed less than 5 days prior to the Day of the Parade.

  All Horse entries in a judged category must be present and ready for judging at 8:30 am at 3rd and “J” Streets. This rule is made by the CSHA, not the Rodeo Parade, and may affect awards given. Riding on the parade route before lineup is not allowed.
  FLOAT ENTRIES must have flame retardant materials or chemically treated decorations.
NON-HORSE ENTRIES are judged by the Rotary Club of Livermore.
NO SMOKING WHILE ON ROUTE! Motorized units must have fire extinguishers. No open flames on or around floats. No loud noisemakers or hornsto scare horses.
  CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES by parade participants is not allowed by City Ordinance. This includes parade lineup area as well as the parade route.
  PARADE ASSEMBLY TIME: Your entry packet (mailed a week prior to the parade), will contain - entry time, line-up location, and parking information.
  ENTRY LINEUP Parade officials will be there to assist you with lining up. Parade starts promptly at 10:00am.
b. Multiple horses, vehicles, or persons with the same entry number must proceed as one group (no spacing).
c. Maintain your spacing between entries and, PLEASE, not more than 50 feet at any time.
  Participants must MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THEIR VEHICLES AND ANIMALS at all times. No one under the age of six (6) years may be in control of these without an adult, 18 years or older supervising.
a. Failing to maintain a maximum of no more than 50 feet or a minimum of no less than 25 feet from the preceding entry.
b. Not completing the entire parade route.
c. Throwing objects or squirting liquids from your unit
d. Shooting firearms or fireworks.
e. Refusing to obey parade marshals or police.
  Allowable time for performing before the ANNOUNCING STANDS:
a. A ROUTINE of NO MORE THAN 60 SECONDS by any Entrant.  Equestrian Units are limited to One Complete Circle
b. A PENALTY of 5 POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED FOR EACH VIOLATION for EXCESSIVE TIME. In addition, other sanctions may be imposed (See map for announcing stand locations).
c. All other units must maintain FORWARD MOTION at each of the four announcing stands.
  Decisions of the judges will be final.
  PARADE AWARDS will be announced and presented at Carnegie Park (see map) at 12:30 pm. Trophies, plaques, and ribbons must be picked up at the awards ceremony whereas cash award will be mailed to the address on the Entry Form.
Parade Committee reserves the right to refuse any entrant’s parade participation.

The California State Horsemen Association Riles will apply to all mounted entries. California Drum and Drill Rules apply to all marching units. American Legion competitive flag code will apply to all color guards and/or flag lines. Parade sanctioned by Parade Sponsors of Northern California, Inc.

Grand Marshall Bio
Dorothy Basso

Dorothy Basso is a native of Livermore, born January 6, 1926 as Dorothy Mae Faria.

Growing up she attended 5th Street Grammar School, then went on to graduate from Livermore High School in 1944.  After graduating, she worked for several local businesses including Rexall Drugs and BeBe's

Growing up as a child her family would attend the local rodeos each year and continues this today at 92 years of age.  Her longtime favorite RCA Cowboy was Johnie Schneider, the 1931 All-Around World Champion.  One of Dorothy's Uncles, Dave Hope, was a Livermore Stockman's Rodeo Director and the Chief Writer for the Oakland Tribute who would write stories on Schneider each year during the Livermore Rodeo.  Dorothy recalls Schneider would stay at her Grandmother's home on College Avenue while he was competing in Livermore.  One of Schneider's last visits to Livermore was nearly 50 years ago and he made it a point to stay in contact with Dorothy.

On Valentine's Day, 1948, Dorothy married Ernie Basso.  They continued to live in Livermore raising two children, Steve and Sandra.
Steve and his wife Sandy have two sons, Brian and Kyle
Their Daughter, Sandra, married Charlie Inderbitzen.
All are local ranchers, involved with the family business and remain in Livermore.

For over 40 years she has been involved with the Livermore Rodeo.  She would assist in the "Local Events" entries.  For man years Dorothy was known for assisting in hand-writing all the payout checks to the Stock Contractors and Event Winners.  She worked many years selling rodeo tickets at the "Ticket Booth" at Baughman's Western Coral alongside her longtime friend Scootie Castello.

Dorothy has received many awards for recognition and Ranch community service, such as the 2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Cowgirl Spirit Award, the 2014 Livermore Stockmen's Rodeo Volunteer of the Year and in 2015, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from ACTRA.

Dorothy and her late husband, Ernie, are best known for their very popular Team Roping Arena, "Basso's Arena", at their home ranch on Dagnino Road in North Livermore.  In the early 1980's Dorothy and Ernie were part of the founders of the American Cowboys Team Roping Association.  Dorothy proudly came up with the perfect name for the Association, now boasting over 15,000 members nationally.

Dorothy and Ernie successfully produced Team Ropings all over Northern California and Nevada for well over 30 years.  This is before the use of computers or electric timers, while figuring results and writing everything by hand.  Dorothy would still love to be working the roping if not for her declining eyesight.

Sandra and her late husband Charlie Inderbitzen's Ranch in North Livermore is now home to "Basso's Arena that hosts weekly ropings and are a loyal sponsor of Livermore and Rowell Ranch Rodeos.  Dorothy is a fixture in or around the timer's office overseeing the day, visiting and watching over her family and friends.

Dorothy makes friends everywhere she goes, is very outgoing, honest spoken, and a very independent 92 year old, who is known for her quick wit, jokes, and great sense of humor.  She is always the life of the party.  She is loved and respected by everyone who knows her, evident by her reception at every event!

Her love for Rodeo, the Western Lifestyle, the Roping Family, and Friends has been her spirit for this life.


Community Service Award Bio
Kathleen Minser

coming soon




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