Downtown Rodeo Parade

A Celebration of Western Heritage

March 4, 2017

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!

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

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 Theater District 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

Directions to Walker and Main Street Garage Parking

From Highway 59
  • Exit Capitol Street to Main. Left on Main and right on Walker Street.
From I-10 West
  • Accessible from I-10 and I-45 via Smith Street to Rusk, left on Rusk, right on Main, and right on Walker Street.
From I-45 South
  • From I-45 South of downtown, take Travis Street to Walker Street. Entrance on Travis just past Walker Street.

Street Closures


2016 Winners

Float Winners

  • Sweepstakes – Houston Airport System
  • Theme – Houston Community College
  • OriginalityFiesta Mart
  • Most Beautiful – La Michoacana Meat Market
  • Chairman's Award – Goya Foods
  • President's Award – Trailblazers Committee

Trail Ride Winners

  • Top Trail Ride – Salt Grass
  • Best Appearing Group – #1 Texas Independence
  • Best Show Wagon – #7 Salt Grass