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The Pearl Street Stampedes are Back in Downtown Boulder

Category: Press Room

Friday's Before CU Home Football Games the Buffs Take Over the Pearl Street Mall

Boulder, CO [September 8, 2023]-
 The Pearl Street Stampedes have been marching through Downtown Boulder every night before CU home football games for the past 19 years. This season, the energy and excitement are more palpable than ever.

Hundreds of Buffs fans are expected to line the Pearl Street Mall to enjoy the sounds of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, watch the CU Colorado Spirit Squad perform and to cheer on members of CU athletic teams and coaching staffs.

For nearly two decades (minus the 2020 season), the Pearl Street Stampedes bring CU fans, local residents and out-of-town visitors to the heart of Boulder for this one-of-a-kind pep rally. This event was the brainchild of CU's then Athletic Director, Mike Bohn. Led by Stephen Tebo’s vintage 1948 fire truck, members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band and CU Spirit Squad perform for fans starting on the 1300 block of Pearl Street (in front of the County Courthouse) moving west, stopping along the 1200 block and 1100 block to entertain crowds along the way!

"The Stampedes are a local favorite tradition in downtown Boulder," said Terri Takata-Smith, Downtown Boulder Partnership's Interim CEO. "Faithful Buffs fans and the entire downtown business community have been showing their love for the hometown teams year after year. This season, there is definitely more excitement and optimism than ever before! We are so grateful for our partnership with the University and look forward to many more opportunities in the years to come to closely align the downtown district, CU and University Hill."

2023 Stampedes Dates:

Friday, September 8th

Friday, September 15th

Friday, September 29th

Thursday, October 12th

Friday, November 3rd

Friday, November 10th

Pearl Street Stampedes are sponsored by Rio Grande, Pasta Jay's, Where the Buffalo Roam, Hotel Boulderado and Avanti F&B Boulder. The Stampedes are a collaboration between the University of Colorado, local businesses, the City of Boulder and the Downtown Boulder Partnership.


    For more information about the Pearl Street Stampedes the public may visit

    For more information:

    General public: 303-449-3774 |

    Press: Terri Takata-Smith, VP of Marketing & Communications

    303-449-3774 (office) |

    About Downtown Boulder Partnership
    Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is a non-profit organization, originally founded in 1984 as Downtown Boulder Incorporated, dedicated to continued preservation, promotion and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. With a mission to maintain Downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture and leisure, DBP’s membership supports the overall vitality of Downtown through public advocacy, political involvement and by producing year-round community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors.