We were up early this morning at 6:00 A.M. We wanted to be in Houston, Texas by 9:30 for the annual Houston Rodeo Parade. This is our first parade of this type, we have never seen so many horses and buggies in one place at one time. :-) It was incredible!
A dozen different trail rides came from all over the state with the same destination. They all set up camp at Memorial Park Friday night before heading downtown for today’s Rodeo Parade. Most trail riders are regulars who come from all walks of life. Some have been on the trail for a couple of weeks, riding horseback or covered wagons for the journey to Houston, some came over 100 miles.
The annual trail rides are a Rodeo Houston tradition that dates back more than 60 years. It's that time of year when Houstonians embrace their inner cowboy or cowgirl and saddle up for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. When we saw it on the news, they asked everyone to come to the parade dressed in their best cowboy and cowgirl outfits. Jerry had a black cowboy hat and a vest, I had the pink cowgirl hat he bought me for Valentine’s Day with my regular jeans. It was so much fun, we had a ball. It went on for hours. They also had runners finishing up a marathon on the same block, we watched them as they completed the run and crossed the finish line.
There is so much to do in Houston during this three-week event. We wanted to go to the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cook off too but we didn’t make it in time. They also have the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo starting on Monday. More than 2.2 million people turned out for the annual event at Reliant Park in 2012, and the crowds are expected to be bigger this year. We were really impressed with the traffic for this event, we managed to park right on the corner where it all started in a parking garage. We could see directly down on the runners coming in and the parade starting. We wished we could have stayed and watched from the parking lot, but they didn’t allow us to. We managed to find a spot in the crowd and enjoyed this parade very much. We feel blessed to happen to be in the right place at the right time for events, this happens to us often without any planning.
I took a ton of pictures and may have to do two updates to show more of them. We hope you enjoy the parade of horses, floats, 11 marching bands, wagons, stage coaches and much more. Check back later for more from Texas.