Photos of cattle drive through downtown San Diego!

Cowboys on horseback drive cattle down Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. They are promoting this year's San Diego County Fair.
Cowboys on horseback drive cattle down Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. They are promoting this year’s San Diego County Fair.

This morning there was a big cattle drive through downtown San Diego!

Huh? What?

It’s true! About 200 head of cattle were driven by cowboys on horseback and herding dogs down Harbor Drive, then up Fifth Avenue, then back west along Market Street. The intention of this unusual spectacle was to promote the San Diego County Fair, whose theme this year is How the West is Fun!

I followed along much of the way! Here are some photos!

At Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, everybody gets ready for the big cattle drive!
At Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, police escorts gets ready for the big cattle drive!
The 2017 theme for the San Diego County Fair, which just opened at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is Where the West is Fun.
The 2017 theme for the San Diego County Fair, which opened yesterday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is Where the West is Fun.
Excitement mounts nearby as the cattle drive is about to get underway.
Excitement mounts nearby as the cattle drive is about to get underway.
A temporary corral set up by Ruocco Park contained about 200 head of cattle.
A temporary corral set up by Ruocco Park contained about 200 head of cattle.
Here they go, starting down Harbor Drive!
Here they go, starting down Harbor Drive!
Lots of cowboys on horses and some excited herding dogs lead the cows along the downtown street.
Lots of cowboys on horses and some excited herding dogs start the cows along the street.
Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the unusual spectacle. It seemed like the Old West was being relived in San Diego!
Hundreds of people lined the sidewalk to watch the unusual spectacle. It seemed like the Old West was being relived in San Diego!
The downtown cattle drive will head along Harbor Drive, turn north up Fifth Avenue, then back head west along Market Street.
The downtown cattle drive will head along Harbor Drive, turn north up Fifth Avenue, then head back west along Market Street.
You don't see this every day!
You don’t see this every day!
Neither does this city dog! What is going on?
Neither does this city dog! What is going on?
A guy in a crazy cow costume gets a photograph of the cattle drive.
A guy in a crazy cow costume gets a photograph of the cattle drive.
Cowboys keep a close eye on the cattle as they head along San Diego's waterfront.
Cowboys keep a close eye on the cattle as they head along San Diego’s waterfront.
Not your ordinary Saturday morning in the big city!
Not your ordinary Saturday morning in the big city!
Skyscrapers in the background. The cows didn't seem to notice.
Skyscrapers in the background. The cows didn’t seem to notice.
The cattle drive heads past the San Diego Convention Center. So does a disinterested jogger.
The cattle drive heads past the San Diego Convention Center. So does a jogger.
The downtown cattle drive has turned onto Fifth Avenue. Here they come!
The downtown cattle drive has turned onto Fifth Avenue. Here they come!
Cowboys ride under the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
Cowboys ride under the famous Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
The Gaslamp hasn't seen so many cowboys on horseback in a good century and a half!
The Gaslamp hasn’t seen so many cowboys on horseback in a good century and a half!
The cattle are driven up Fifth Avenue into the heart of San Diego.
The cattle are driven up Fifth Avenue into the heart of San Diego.
Folks ride in a wagon that promotes the 2017 San Diego County Fair - Where the West is Fun!
Folks ride in a wagon that promotes the 2017 San Diego County Fair – Where the West is Fun!
A rather unusual sight proceeds north up through San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter.
A rather unusual sight proceeds north up through San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.
The Old West has come back to life in downtown San Diego!
The Old West has come back to life in downtown San Diego!

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Richard Schulte

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7 thoughts on “Photos of cattle drive through downtown San Diego!”

  1. And the street cleaners followed along behind. 🙂 Where I grew up, cattle were driven along Highway 49 past our house twice a year as they were moved from winter to summer pastures and then back. We would hop on our bikes and follow along. –Curt

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  2. You just barely missed getting me in one of your pictures! I had thought about following them but there was so much going on that day and I wanted to get to all of them for a little while. I went from the Cattle Drive over to Adams Avenue and then to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

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