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    2013 Downtown Rodeo Parade

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    February 23, 2013

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    2013 Downtown Rodeo Parade

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo presents the 2013 Downtown Rodeo Parade.  Saturday, February 23,2013.

    Every February since 1938 the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians...

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo presents the 2013 Downtown Rodeo Parade.  Saturday, February 23,2013.

    Every February since 1938 the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations!

    The first parade, held in 1938, was being planned in the midst of the 1937 Show. J. Howard West, who was the entertainment chairman of the local community leaders, the Jaycees, suggested the idea that it should be “the pomp and ceremony of a Roman holiday.” An owner of a local advertising and public relations firm jumped on the bandwagon to plan the extravaganza. It is doubtful even the Romans could envision such a display of artistic creation and Western pride!

    The first parade was led by mounted police escorts to great success! The line-up included state, county and city officials, two bands, and a drum and bugle corps, as well as special VIP guests on horseback. Today, the Downtown Rodeo Parade includes dignitaries, city, county and state officials on horseback, as well as trail riders, numerous marching bands, and colorful floats. Each float vies for coveted awards, including theme, sweepstakes, president’s choice, and grand prizes.


    Downtown Houston

    Pierce Elevated to Buffalo Bayou
    I-45 to East End
    Houston, TX 77002

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    Free Event


    General Day and Time Info:

    10 a.m. – Additional parade day logistics will be posted once available.


    UPDATE: Note that due to METRORail expansion, the parade and ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run routes have changed as described below. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Walker at Bagby and concludes on Lamar at Bagby. View a map of the new parade route (.pdf). There will be decorative floats intermingled with thousands of men and women on horseback filling the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Spectators are encouraged to join in the fun.


    ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run  All of the races start on Walker at Bagby. The wheelchair division begins at 9:10 a.m., the 10K run begins at 9:20 a.m. View a map of the 10K run (.pdf) and the 5K run begins at 9:45 a.m. View a map of the 5K run (.pdf).


    Special Note: The McKinney exit ramp from the North Freeway (I-45) and both the Allen Parkway exit ramps from the Gulf and North Freeways (I-45) will be closed on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    phone: 832.667.1000


    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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