TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona Wildcats women's basketball coach Adia Barnes was named Grand Marshal of the 2022 Tucson Rodeo Parade, the 97th edition of the event.
She led the Wildcats to last year's national championship game. This year, the team is ranked No. 8 and is 15-3.
"In six short years since her return to Tucson, Adia Barnes has captivated the local community," the rodeo committee shared. "As head coach of the University of Arizona Women’s Basketball program, she has instilled a passion in her team and the local fan base."
Barnes has won more games in her short tenure than any other Arizona coach in the same time frame, winning the 2019 Women’s National Invitational Tournament championship and bringing her team within one basket of winning the national championship in 2021.
"The Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee is pleased to have Adia Barnes as Grand Marshal for the 97th Tucson Rodeo Parade" they added.
Known as the largest non-motorized parade in the United States, the rodeo — which dates back to 1925 — starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.
About 150,000 spectators are expected to attend.
More than 500 horses and 2,300 people make up the 125 entries in the parade.
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