The 117th annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade rolls through downtown Santa Rosa on Saturday.

This year's theme, "Rose Town Hoedown," is a tribute to the Old West.

Since its rebirth in 1950, the parade has become an annual Santa Rosa event on the third Saturday in May. It draws local school marching bands, floats built by community and service organizations, equestrian teams as well as units honoring local veterans.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Sonoma Avenue and E Street and winds around downtown, finishing near 1st Street on Mendocino Avenue.

A festival in Courthouse Square will feature food, live music, roping demonstrations and stick pony races.

An "Iron Chef"-style cooking competition also will be held among local high school culinary arts programs.

A parade awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. will close out the day.

The parade starts at Sonoma Avenue and E Street anorth on E Street, turning left onto 4th Street and heading west on 4th Street then south onto Mendocino Avenue where it ends at 1st Street.