The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in town! Houston is very proud of its rodeo as it is the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. Since 2003, it has been held at the NRG Stadium (it was previously held in the Astrodome). The event is 20 days long and this year runs from March 3-22nd. Each year it is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo Parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run – a 10k and 5k walk & run, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events. The rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest recording artists. This year’s lineup includes: Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Fall Out Boy, Pitbull, and Ariana Grande just to name a few.
This Friday, February 27th was Go Texan Day. Residents were encouraged to dress in western wear the Friday before the rodeo begins. The Admissions Office participated and we all dressed in our western best!
This year I also had the opportunity to attend the Downtown Rodeo Parade! Every February since 1938 the parade has celebrated Western heritage with decorative floats, marching bands, and thousands of men and women on horseback. The picture below shows the University of Houston Marching band marching down Travis Street. My daughter can be seen in the picture wearing her Houston red (and black polka dots)!
For more information about the rodeo, please visit: http://www.rodeohouston.com/. If you don’t have a chance to attend one of the events this year, it is definitely something to look forward to next March!