The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is excited to announce that Barrelman Leon Coffee will help kick off the 2023 Rodeo by serving as grand marshal of the Downtown Rodeo Parade. This annual event held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. celebrates Western heritage and marks the beginning of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season, a tradition since 1932.
“Leon Coffee is an icon and fan-favorite of the Rodeo, with 2023 being his 30th anniversary as our Barrelman and friend, it makes him the perfect candidate to lead our parade as Grand Marshal,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO. “From entertaining rodeo fans year after year, to now riding in our parade as Grand Marshal, we’re so excited to acknowledge Leon and his ongoing commitment to our Show.”
Since his debut in 1993, Coffee has become a legend of RODEOHOUSTON® and the rodeo industry itself. From his early days of bullfighting to his present role as RODEOHOUSTON® Barrelman, Coffee brings light and laughter to the audience each night. Coffee is also a ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inductee and was named the PRCA Clown of the Year in 1983.
Downtown Rodeo Parade Schedule
Prior to the start of the parade will be the Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips.
|9:10 a.m.||10K Wheelchair|
|9:20 a.m.||5K & 10K Corral A, 10K Timed|
|9:35 a.m.||5K Timed|
|9:35 a.m.||Untimed 5K (line up behind timed 5K participants)|
|10 a.m.||Downtown Rodeo Parade Begins|
For more information about the Downtown Rodeo Parade, click here.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $575 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2023 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 19. The 2023 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 23 – 25. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.