downtown rodeo parade
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!
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.
Expect streets to be closed Saturday morning of the parade and Rodeo Run, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Streets will open after the events finish in the afternoon around 2 p.m.
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.
SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2024
- 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 Rodeo Run, presented by ConocoPhillips will run the entire parade route and can be seen on Allen Parkway from I-45 to Shepherd/Kirby.
2023 PARADE AWARDS
PARADE FLOAT AWARDS
- Sweepstakes – Kroger
- Theme – Fiesta
- Originality – El Horro
- Most Beautiful – Goya
- Chairman’s Award – Texas Southern University
- President’s Award – Houston Community College
TRAIL RIDE AWARDS
- Best Show Wagon – Salt Grass, Wagon 7
- Best Appearing Riders – Salt Grass, #11
- Top Trail Ride – Prairie View