City Kicks Off 81st Houston Rodeo, Announces 'Go Texan Day'

It's that time of year again: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo begins next Monday. Today, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and rodeo officials kicked off the annual event in front of City Hall.

It seems as if the party never stops in Houston. A week after the NBA All-Star Game took place in the Bayou City, it’s time for one of the city’s biggest annual events: the rodeo.

Mayor Parker says besides being a great sporting event, the rodeo connects Houstonians to their Western roots.

“I know that I don’t get to do it very often but my day is always a better day when I get to start it off on a horse.”

Other Houstonians may agree. Ken Cykala says he looks forward to the rodeo every year because it reconnects him with the traditional Texan lifestyle.

cowboy hats “Well, I grew up in the country so I know what it means as far as live out on the farm and deal with the livestock on a daily basis.”

Katrina Smith tries to go to the rodeo each year. This year will be the second time for her son Devin, who is especially looking forward to seeing the horses.

“It’s just an awesome tradition for Houston to have. It’s just instilling that sense of tradition into everyone in the city, and so I look forward to it every year.”

The rodeo officially starts on Monday, Feb. 25, and runs through March 17 at Reliant Park. In anticipation, Parker declared this Friday “Go Texan Day” when all Houstonians are encouraged to put on their Western wear.

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