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Leon Coffee Named Grand Marshal of 2019 Texas Cavaliers River Parade

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The 2019 Texas Cavaliers River Parade has named legendary rodeo clown and “man in the can” Leon Coffee as its honorary grand marshal. The fan favorite on the rodeo scene for some 45 years now is a Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer and a fan favorite at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

Coffee’s appointment was announced on Tuesday, December 11, in a press conference at Morgan’s Wonderland – the first fully accessible, family fun park in the world – which has been named the 2019 parade’s charity. This year’s theme for the event is “It’s Showtime in San Antonio.”

Leon Coffee Named Grand Marshal of 2019 Texas Cavaliers River Parade

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Coffee began getting the rodeo bug as a child. Following a few years of bull riding, at a high school rodeo, he was asked to sit in on distracting the animals long enough for riders to get to safety. From then on, he explained that he became obsessed with it. “I’m an adrenaline junkie. This is as big an adrenaline rush as you can get. You’ve got 1,800 pounds of beast with baseball bats sticking out of the side of his head and he wants to take you off the face of this earth,” he explained to houstonchronicle.com. And for more than four decades he’s been a barrel man, or professional rodeo clown. Wearing outlandish outfits and face paint, giving comic relief when needed, and witnessing some amazing rodeo action, Coffee has made history in the sport.

Leon Coffee Named Grand Marshal of 2019 Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Photo: Facebook/Texas Cavaliers River Parade

This year is the 75th annual Texas Cavaliers Rivers Parade. Scheduled for Monday, April 22, it’s a highlight event of Fiesta in San Antonio. This year, 17,000 tickets have been reserved for purchase for the popular event, which has been supporting kids’ charities for close to 30 years. Founded in 1926, the Texas Cavaliers is an organization comprised of 600 community-focused leaders and businesses. They’re devoted to supporting charities in the San Antonio area, such as Morgan’s Wonderland and other such worthy causes. All net proceeds from the parade will be going to the barrier-free amusement park located in the Texas Hill Country. To purchase tickets and support this worthwhile event, visit the link available here.