Tucson is the 2nd largest city of the state of Arizona, U.S with a population estimated with about 520,116 according to 2010 census. And that gives it the 33rd position on most populous cities of the county. The city brought its name from Spanish, and the name is derived from O'odham name Cuk ?on and it means at the base of the hill. The city is nicknamed Optics Valley.
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Tucson hosts different cultural festivals over the year. And among these festivals, the Tucson Festival of Books that started in 2009. Also the Tucson Folk Festival which is organized by Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association and highlights local musicians. Also, the The Tucson Rodeo is famous sports festival which is held in spring. And another festival to be mentioned is the Tucson Meet Yourself that celebrates diversity of the city through different activities including singing, dancing, food and more.
Tucson contains different famous musical groups such as the Arizona Opera as well as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. One of the genres that are featured in the city is Mariachi music, and the city is home to several singers and musicians of this genre. And for the celebration of this genre, the city organizes different events including the International Mariachi Conference and the Norteño Festival. In addition to music, theatre also has importance in the city and several theatrical facilities and companies are found in the city such as Tucson Music Hall, and Arizona Theatre Company, Gaslight Theater and others.
Tucson is represented in collegiate sports by the University of Arizona and the team that compete is University of Arizona Wildcats that participate in the NCAA's Division I-A. The city also is home to different minor sports teams like Tucson Padres, Tucson Sidewinders and other teams. The city also hosts auto racing sports events including the NASCAR events that are organized in the Tucson Raceway Park.