Old west lives again as Rodeo parade rolls into Houston
HOUSTON, Feb 23, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Houston, the fourth largest U.S.
city, was transformed from a modern city into a down-home
celebration of western heritage as the annual Rodeo parade rolled
down its streets on Saturday.
A 74-year tradition, the downtown parade brings Houstonians and
out-of-town spectators together in one of the city's most popular
annual celebrations. Decorative floats intermingled with
thousands of men and women on horseback amid skyscrapers and
freeways, filling the streets with hoof beats and marching bands.
However, nothing brings to mind the Old West like a modern-day
trail ride, which is an important component of the Houston rodeo
parade. Pioneers created trails as they moved west in search of a
dream and cowboys created trails to take cattle to major market
centers. While these routes are no longer a necessity in daily
life, more than 3,000 riders saddle up each February to relive the
The Rodeo parade is a prelude to the annual Houston Livestock
Show and Rodeo, the world's largest live entertainment and
livestock exhibition that will kick off on Monday.
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