Gunslingers/Re-Enactors to put on show at parade
Don't worry. No need to duck.
When the parade entrants in Old West clothing start waving their guns around in the St. Patrick's Day Parade March 13, everyone will be perfectly safe.
They're the Rocky Mountain Gunslingers, also known as the Rocky Mountain Old West Re-Enactors, and they'll be firing black-powder blanks when they act out their skits - including taking aim at any parade judges.
Though they're having a good time, it's not just for play and it's definitely not to get rich. “We don't do it for the money,” said Robin Johnston, whose brother, Dave, a former Westsider, founded the non-profit group in 1991. “We do it for the passion of the history and educating and entertaining.”
Also, she added, “Gun safety is one of our top goals.”
Over the years, the Gunslingers have grown from 5 to 35 people (ages 2 to 70), performing at various Old Colorado City events, including past St. Paddy's parades, the Rocky Mountain Christmas and Territory Days; and at venues including the Broadmoor, Flying W Ranch, Peterson Air Force Base, El Paso County Fair and Miramont Castle.
In the show, Dave plays Wyatt Earp, while other members portray such historical figures as Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy and Buffalo Bill.
Robin and her mom, Florence, portray fictional southern belles, although Robin said she is researching an actual female character she recently learned about from the Time/Life Old West books - Martha Maxwell, a Colorado huntress who could “shoot as well as any of the guys.”
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