Downtown Rodeo Parade

A Celebration of Western Heritage

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!

March 1, 2014

Grand Marshal

Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter
U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Recipient

Parade Route

  • begins at Bagby and Walker streets
  • Walker Street to Travis Street, right on Travis
  • Travis to Bell Street, right on Bell
  • Bell to Louisiana Street, right on Louisiana
  • Louisiana to Lamar Street, left on Lamar
  • ends at Lamar and Bagby

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Parade Route

Viewing Tips

Tips for Viewing the Parade

  • Arrive early to secure a viewing spot along the route.
  • Many streets in the downtown area begin closing early the morning of the parade. Check out the street closures below.
  • The best places to view the parade are on Louisiana, from Bell to Lamar, and on Lamar, from Louisiana to Smith.
  • The parade will not travel down Texas Avenue, as it has in the past.
  • Bagby and Walker streets, from Sabine Street to Bagby, will be off limits for viewing.
  • Parking: Alley Theater Garage, Lyric Center, 1100 Smith Garage, Theater District Parking, Street Parking, Texas and Smith, Smith and Preston, Smith and Dallas, Smith and Clay
  • The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run will run the entire parade route.
  • The ConocoPhillips run can also be viewed along Allen Parkway from I-45 to Shepherd/Kirby.

Parking Directions

Directions to Event Parking

  • From I-45 North
    • Exit I-10 east to Milam, right on Capitol to Theater District Parking (TDP)
    • Exit Dallas, left on Dallas to parking
    From I-45 South
    • Exit Scott/Downtown to St. Joseph or Pease, right on northbound streets, left on Capitol to TDP
    • Exit at Houston/Memorial, right on Memorial/Rusk to TDP
    From I-10 West
    • Exit Milam, right on Capitol to TDP
    • Take I-45 South, exit Dallas, left on Dallas to parking
    From Highway 59 North
    • Exit Jackson, right on Congress, left on Milam, right on Capitol to TDP
    • Exit I-10 west to I-45 south, exit Dallas, left on Dallas to parking
    From Highway 59 South
    • Exit Spur 527 to Louisiana, left on Capitol to TDP
    From Highway 288
    • Exit Polk, left on Polk, right on Louisiana, left on Capitol to TDP

Street Closures

During the Downtown Rodeo Parade all of the parade route will be closed at 8:30 a.m.

The following streets will be closed at the following approximate times:
Allen Parkway exit ramps both directions on I-45 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allen Parkway inbound from Kirby/Shepherd to Taft St. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allen Parkway outbound to Kirby/Shepherd 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allen Parkway inbound from Taft to Downtown 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allen Parkway inbound and outbound will be closed until: approximately 2 p.m.
Bagby St. southbound from Rusk St. to Dallas St. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bell St. westbound from Main St. to Smith St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clay St. eastbound from Smith St. to Main St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dallas St. eastbound from Smith St. to Main St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lamar St. westbound from Main St. to Smith St. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lamar St. westbound from Smith St. to Sabine St. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Louisiana St. northbound from Leeland St. to Prairie St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main St. southbound is closed at Capitol St. Traffic cannot make a right on Walker St.
McKinney St. from Bagby St. to Smith St. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
McKinney St. Exit off I-45 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Memorial Drive inbound from Memorial Park to Houston Ave. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Memorial Drive inbound will be closed until: approximately 2 p.m.
Milam St. southbound from Rusk St. to Leeland St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Polk St. westbound from Main St. to Smith St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sabine St. from Memorial Feeder Road to Allen Parkway 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith St. from Texas St. to Dallas St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Travis St. northbound from Leeland St. to Rusk St. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Walker St. westbound from Main St. to Sabine St. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waugh St. Two northbound lanes from Allen Parkway to Memorial Dr. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Theme – Fiesta
  • Originality – University of Houston
  • Most Beautiful – Armed Forces Appreciation Committee
  • Chairman's Award – BP America
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