Parades, Trail Rides and Bar-B-Que Contest Spur on the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Style Magazine Newswire | 2/20/2013, 12:49 p.m. | Updated on 2/20/2013, 12:49 p.m.
The 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season began with the official proclamation of Go Texan Day by Houston Mayor ...

The 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season began with the official proclamation of Go Texan Day by Houston Mayor Annise Parker during the annual Rodeo Roundup event, and will continue through Sunday, March 17.

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest

Approximately 300 teams will compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21 – 23, at Reliant Park. The three-day competition also will include live entertainment from artists such as Gary P. Nunn, Josh Abbott Band, Bart Crow, Cory Morrow, Aaron Watson and more. This year’s new Brewfest event will feature craft beers with brewery representatives on site to elaborate on each beer for enthusiasts and interested patrons. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for a complete list of entertainers and performance times, carnival hours, and shuttle bus locations and times.

Trail Rides

More than 3,000 trail riders will make their way through the streets of the nation’s fourth largest city Friday, Feb. 22, as they move toward Memorial Park. This continues a more-than-60-year-old tradition that helps keep Western heritage alive and alerts everyone that the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo is about to begin. After traveling a combined total of nearly 1,800 miles, 13 trail rides will merge and camp one last night before the Downtown Rodeo Parade, Saturday, Feb. 23. Beginning as early as Feb. 16, trail rides started making their way to Houston from points as far away as Reynosa, Mexico.

Trail riders are judged several times during their individual journeys on overall appearance, including dress in traditional Western wear. Final judging occurs as the riders enter Memorial Park on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the awards presentation at 5 p.m.

ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run

More than 15,000 contestants are expected to participate in the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run, Saturday, Feb. 23, which includes a wheelchair race at 9:10 a.m., a 10K race at 9:20 a.m. and a 5K fun run/walk at 9:45 a.m. ConocoPhillips has contributed more than $3.3 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund since the race began in 1988. For more information, visit www.conocophillipsrodeorun.com.

Downtown Rodeo Parade

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Texas A&M University head football coach, Kevin Sumlin, will lead the Downtown Rodeo Parade as grand marshal. Hundreds of thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town spectators will line the streets of downtown to watch participants on decorated floats, trail riders on horseback and marching bands celebrate the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Downtown Rodeo Parade route is new for 2013 due to location changes with METRORail.

  • Begin at Bagby and Walker streets.
  • Take Walker Street to Travis Street, then go right on Travis.
  • Continue on Travis to Bell Street, then go right on Bell.
  • Take Bell to Louisiana Street, then turn right on Louisiana.
  • Take Louisiana to Lamar Street, and go left on Lamar.
  • The parade ends at Lamar and Bagby.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The world’s largest livestock show and rodeo opens Monday, Feb. 25, and runs through Sunday, March 17. Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $330 million toward scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants, and other educational and youth programs.