A holiday fixture for almost nine decades, the Sun Bowl Parade is a Turkey Day tradition for many El Paso families who have no problem getting up at an ungodly hour on Thanksgiving morning to stake out a spot along Montana.

Every year hundreds of thousands of El Pasoans line up along both sides of Montana to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, military ceremonial units, and oversized Shriners driving under-sized cars.

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First organized as the Sun Carnival Parade in 1939 by the El Paso Downtown Lions Club, the parade was originally held on New Year’s Day. It was rescheduled to Thanksgiving Day in 1978 mostly because the weather was more inviting and predictable.

Its popularity has grown over the years and is now the largest community event in West Texas.

What to Know If You Plan to Go

Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Sun Bowl Association
Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Sun Bowl Association

Here is what you need to know if you plan to go to the 86th edition of the Sun Bowl Association's annual parade.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Step off Time

10 a.m.

Parade Route

Begins on Montana at Ochoa and ends at Montana and Copia

El Paso Sun Bowl Parade route flyer


Attendance along the route is free. Tickets for the review stand located at 1600 Montana are $10 and available at the Sun Bowl Association Office, 4150 Pinnacle Suite #100

2022 Parade Theme

“Mardi Gras, El Paso Style”

Anticipated Units

18 floats, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, military ceremonial units, and a wide variety of specialty units.


Live coverage begins at 10 a.m. on the local NBC affiliate.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre for the Sun Bowl Association
Ivan Pierre Aguirre for the Sun Bowl Association

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