Thousands gather for annual Downtown Rodeo Parade

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by khou.com staff

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Posted on February 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

HOUSTON -- While it wasn't quite the wild west, it was a pretty close resemblance as the 73rd Annual Downtown Rodeo Parade made its way through the streets of Houston on Saturday.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to see the thousands of trail riders and marching bands who gathered for the parade, which each year helps kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

For many people the parade, first held in 1938, is a family tradition.

"I come for the parade every year," said Mary Hightower. "I like the horses and the bands."

Among the parade participants was Mayor Annise Parker and country singer Clay Walker, who served as the grand marshal.

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