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!

2015 Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 28

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

Download | Parade Route Map

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.

Events

2014 Winners

Float Winners

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

Trail Ride Winners

  • Top Trail Ride – Southwestern
  • Best Appearing Riders – Texas Independence #1
  • Best Show Wagon – Salt Grass #13