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Parade participants drive historic cars during the Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Cheyenne community and F.E. Warren Air Force Base have been working together for 123 years to keep the Daddy of ‘em all running smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Parade participants drive historic cars during the Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Cheyenne community and F.E. Warren Air Force Base have been working together for 123 years to keep the Daddy of ‘em all running smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Chief MSgt. Jennifer Lovering, 153rd Communications Flight operations superintendent, rides her horse at the capitol building during the Grand Parade, July 20, 2019. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the city of Cheyenne. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Chief MSgt. Jennifer Lovering, 153rd Communications Flight operations superintendent, rides her horse at the capitol building during the Grand Parade, July 20, 2019. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the city of Cheyenne. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

A cowboy roper performs lasso tricks during the Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Willams )

A cowboy roper performs lasso tricks during the Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Willams )

General Timothy Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, rides along Carey Avenue during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening grand parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. Ray served as the Grand Marshal of the parade and opening ceremonies which officially mark the beginning of CFD. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

General Timothy Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, rides along Carey Avenue during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening grand parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. Ray served as the Grand Marshal of the parade and opening ceremonies which officially mark the beginning of CFD. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Col. Brian Young, 90th Missile Wing Vice Commander, leads a flight of approximately 150 Airmen during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. CFD represents the continuous partnership between F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the Cheyenne community. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Col. Brian Young, 90th Missile Wing Vice Commander, leads a flight of approximately 150 Airmen during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. CFD represents the continuous partnership between F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the Cheyenne community. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., march in formation during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 21, 2018. Service members from multiple branches took part in the parade, as well as a number of civic and veteran service organizations. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the city of Cheyenne. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 20-29. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., march in formation during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 21, 2018. Service members from multiple branches took part in the parade, as well as a number of civic and veteran service organizations. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the city of Cheyenne. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 20-29. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

Major General Fred Stoss, 20th Air Force commander, waves at the crowd during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening grand parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Cheyenne community and F.E. Warren Air Force Base have been working together for 123 years to keep the Daddy of ‘em all running smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Emily Seaton)

Major General Fred Stoss, 20th Air Force commander, waves at the crowd during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening grand parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Cheyenne community and F.E. Warren Air Force Base have been working together for 123 years to keep the Daddy of ‘em all running smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Emily Seaton)

Rodeo Queen Sydney Jones of Pendleton, Ore., turns her horse from Lincolnway to Carey Ave. during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Grand Parade July 20, 2019, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Rodeo Queens from all over the United States joined in the parade. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Tyler Placie)

Rodeo Queen Sydney Jones of Pendleton, Ore., turns her horse from Lincolnway to Carey Ave. during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Grand Parade July 20, 2019, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Rodeo Queens from all over the United States joined in the parade. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Tyler Placie)

Military kids ride a float during the Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019.  The two communities came together to celebrate during the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and festival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Military kids ride a float during the Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The two communities came together to celebrate during the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and festival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Major General Fred Stoss, 20th Air Force commander, and Col. Peter Bonetti, 90th Missile Wing commander, along with their famillies, wave at the crowd during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Cheyenne community and F.E. Warren Air Force Base have been working together for 123 years to keep the Daddy of ‘em All, running smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)
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Major General Fred Stoss, 20th Air Force commander, and Col. Peter Bonetti, 90th Missile Wing commander, along with their famillies, wave at the crowd during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Cheyenne community and F.E. Warren Air Force Base have been working together for 123 years to keep the Daddy of ‘em All, running smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Col. Paul Lyman, Assistant Adjutant General, Wyoming National Guard, waves at the crowd while driving a miniature motorized vehicle during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. Service members from multiple branches took part in the parade. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the city of Cheyenne. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)
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Col. Paul Lyman, Assistant Adjutant General, Wyoming National Guard, waves at the crowd while driving a miniature motorized vehicle during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. Service members from multiple branches took part in the parade. This year marks the 152nd anniversary of F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the city of Cheyenne. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band play music as they march down the streets of Cheyenne, Wyo., during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade, July 20, 2019. Airmen play many roles in making CFD, the biggest event in Cheyenne, a success. The two communities came together to celebrate during the CFD rodeo and festival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)
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Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band play music as they march down the streets of Cheyenne, Wyo., during the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days opening Grand Parade, July 20, 2019. Airmen play many roles in making CFD, the biggest event in Cheyenne, a success. The two communities came together to celebrate during the CFD rodeo and festival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

Airmen from the 90th Munitions Squadron fire a cannon at the Grand Entrance to the Cheyenne Frontier Days grounds July 20, 2019 in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Grand Entrance marks the official beginning of the rodeo at CFD. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)
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Airmen from the 90th Munitions Squadron fire a cannon at the Grand Entrance to the Cheyenne Frontier Days grounds July 20, 2019 in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Grand Entrance marks the official beginning of the rodeo at CFD. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

General Timothy Ray and his wife Rhonda ride onto the Cheyenne Frontier Days grounds as part of the Grand Entrance in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Grand Entrance marks the official start to rodeo at CFD. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter.)
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General Timothy Ray and his wife Rhonda ride onto the Cheyenne Frontier Days grounds as part of the Grand Entrance in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019. The Grand Entrance marks the official start to rodeo at CFD. The F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne communities came together to celebrate the CFD rodeo and festival, which runs from July 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter.)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. --

Cheyenne Frontier Days, a tradition that has seen generations of horses and guests from across the nation, kicked off with the Grand Parade in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo., July 20, 2019.

“Cheyenne Frontier Days began on Sept. 23, 1898, but the parades were not given much emphasis until they started the tradition of the Grand Parade,” said Kyle Brislan, 90th Missile Wing historian. “The Grand Parade became a normal part of CFD in 1925.”

Truly embracing the Wild West, the first celebrations of CFD and its parade had little structure.

Today the celebration is tamer, keeping the traditional feel with horse and carriage, buggies and a marching formation made up of Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

“I think it is great to show we are part of the community and that we support Cheyenne and that they support our military,” said Megan Alsup, military spouse and local nurse.

Even though the parade is no longer held to honor of visitors such as President Teddy Roosevelt or Buffalo Bill Cody, the base and community host visitors from around the world, showing them a bit of what is left of the Wild West.