Students participate in Buffalo Stampede

The Bison Belles show off their Mardi Gras masks during the parade.

The annual Buffalo Stampede had sunny skies and clear weather to brighten up the Mardi Gras theme, which was a different story from last year’s rain and cold. The day started off with the parade, with school groups still dragging from a late-night return from the Friday night football game in Alto.

“Speaking for the band I think the parade was quite exciting,” senior Randy Salazar said. “We played some of our favorite tunes to liven up the mood of the parade.”

Once the parade was done, the Stampede was on in full force, with parade winners being announced, pies being fried, and a wing contest getting started.

“We all had a great experience,” senior Taryn Morman said.  “I was ecstatic when our float won the best overall.”

There were multiple food and drink booths set up this year inside and outside of the pavillion, including the annual 4-H Fried Pie booth, a band concession and Pizza Hut, who also sponsored the wing contest.

“They had different varieties of booths I hadn’t seen before,” Senior Kendall Lee. “I was glad to see some of our school groups set up with their own booths.”

The annual car show with all kinds of unexpected cars was going on towards the back of the park.

“Some of the cars in the show were amusing,” freshman Jordy Maltos said. “I really enjoyed seeing the classic cars.”