Since the 1970s, the Pueblo West Metropolitan District has celebrated Independence Day with a splash. What began as typical hot July morning, as Fire Chief Jack Fowler sprayed a crowd of sweaty spectators with a fire hose along the parade route, has now turned into the largest wet parade and water fight west of the Mississippi.
Each Independence Day, the parade route along Joe Martinez Boulevard is transformed into a winding stream
of blasting water cannons and squirt guns.
Those brave enough to participate in the battle park along the route early in the morning. The beds of pickups are transformed into holding tanks, containing many gallons of water - easy access for quick reloads - and plenty of ammunition for the duration of the parade.
For those who wish to stay dry, there is a section at the beginning of the parade route where water in forbidden. It is suggested to bring a canopy or plastic to shield away the water. The "front" section of the parade is considered "DRY" where entrants can enjoy the scene in an antique automobile or on horseback.
See you in 2019, which will be Pueblo West's 50 Birthday!!