Downtown Rodeo Parade

Feb. 23, 2019

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!


2019 Grand Marshal

DESHAUN WATSON

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is excited to announce that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will help kick off the 2019 season as grand marshal of the Downtown Rodeo Parade Saturday, Feb. 23. The annual event celebrates Western heritage and marks the beginning of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season, a tradition since 1938.

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Parade Route

The parade route begins at Bagby and Walker Streets, travels from Travis to Bell Street, and from Bell Street to Louisiana Street, before turning on Lamar Street, and ends at Lamar and Bagby.


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Parking

Public parking garages in the downtown Houston area and the Theater District are available to parade viewers. Please prepare for each garage to have its own parking fees.


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Viewing Tips

  • Arrive early to secure a viewing spot along the route.
  • Downtown streets close starting early on the morning of the parade. 
  • The best places to view the parade are on Louisiana, from Bell to Lamar, Lamar, and from Louisiana to Smith.
  • 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, Walker and Main
  • The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run will run the entire parade route and can be seen on Allen Parkway from I-45 to Shepherd/Kirby.

2019 Parade Awards


Parade Float Awards

  • Sweepstakes – Fiesta Mart
  • Theme – University of Houston Alumni
  • Originality – Houston Community College
  • Most Beautiful – El Ahorro Supermarkets
  • Chairman’s Award – International Committee
  • President’s Award – Goya Foods

Trail Ride Awards

  • Top Trail Ride – Prairie View
  • Best Appearing Riders – Salt Grass #7
  • Best Show Wagon – Salt Grass #13