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Friday, November 07, 2008

Downtown Boulder celebrates CU Buffs with the Pearl Street Stampedes



For the past two months, the night before every CU home football game, the Pearl Street Stampede has marched through Downtown Boulder as hundreds of Buffs fans line Pearl Street to enjoy the sounds of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band and to cheer on the CU football team. The past two Stampedes have drawn some of the largest crowds in Stampede history with two more to go - tonight (November 7) and next Friday (November 14).

The Stampedes are “a great shot in the arm for downtown Boulder," said Jake Puzio, chairman of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District. Downtown restaurants have felt the incredible impact of Stampedes as many people have been enjoying the vast array of fantastic culinary offerings that downtown Boulder has to offer both prior to and following the Stampedes.

In its fourth year, the Pearl Street Stampede continues to grow in popularity as fans of all ages head to downtown for an evening to celebrate community and to show their black and gold pride. The Stampede is a wonderful collaboration between the University of Colorado, the private sector and Downtown Boulder. “This spirited event was the brainchild of CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn,” said Jane Jenkins, the executive director of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District. “The Stampedes have brought the community together to celebrate CU athletics and will hopefully be a local tradition for years to come. Downtown Boulder appreciates the efforts of everyone involved who has helped the Pearl Street Stampede become an exceedingly energetic and enjoyable event for CU Buff fans year after year.”

Led by Stephen Tebo’s vintage 1948 fire truck, the Golden Buffalo Marching Band performs for fans starting on the 1300 block of Pearl Street moving west, stopping along the 1200 block and 1100 block to entertain. Along the Stampede route, fans have the chance to cheer on the CU football team. The Stampedes start at 7 p.m. in front of the Boulder County Court House on the 1300 block of Pearl Street. The Stampedes’ finales take place in the Camera parking lot (1048 Pearl St.).

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