Rodeo Kicks Off with Pre-Rodeo Festivities

by | Feb 23, 2022 | Article

90th Anniversary of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Kicks off with Pre-Rodeo Festivities
Festivities include World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, Rodeo Roundup & Go Texan Day, Trail Rides, Rodeo Run and the Downtown Rodeo Parade


Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced its plans for key events held during its weeklong celebration leading up to the 90th anniversary of the 2022 Rodeo, scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20.




presented by Cotton Holdings
Feb. 24 – 26

More than 250 barbecue teams will compete in the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 – Saturday, Feb. 26. Over the course of three days, teams from across the state of Texas and the world will compete for champion titles in the following categories: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Go Texan and Dutch Oven Dessert, as well as the new Open Contest, where teams may enter their dish of choice, except desserts. The Jr. Cook-off Contest includes children between the ages of 8 and 14 competing with a single steak judged on appearance/presentation, tenderness and taste. The Jr. Cook-off Contest will be held Friday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m., followed by the Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m. Visit for schedule and more information.



Friday, Feb. 25

Traditionally held on Tuesday, Rodeo Roundup has been moved to Friday at 11 a.m. to celebrate Go Texan Day. All Houstonians are invited to attend this free event in downtown Houston, Friday, Feb. 25 at Houston City Hall in Hermann Square. Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Go Texan Day proclamation will kick off the event, followed by free chopped barbecue sandwiches provided by the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Committee. Enjoy live music, take your photo atop a Texas Longhorn steer and visit with Rodeo volunteers representing the more than 100 committees to learn more about this annual Houston tradition.


Go Texan Day, the city-wide celebration of Western heritage, will also be held Friday, Feb. 25. As the unofficial kickoff of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, everyone in the Houston community is encouraged to wear their best Western attire. Get ready for Rodeo in your favorite jeans, boots and cowboy hats. Learn more about Go Texan Day at



Friday, Feb. 25

On Friday, Feb. 25, horses and wagons from 10 trail rides will make their way through the city streets to merge and camp one final night at Memorial Park before participating in the Downtown Rodeo Parade, Saturday, Feb. 26. This continues a 70-year-old tradition that keeps Western heritage alive in the nation’s fourth largest city. Anyone who came out to see the trail rides arrive in Houston are also invited to join the awards presentation in Memorial Park at 5 p.m. Visit for more information.



presented by ConocoPhillips
Saturday, Feb. 26, 9:10 a.m.

Rodeo Run will be held Saturday, Feb. 26. The run will precede the Downtown Rodeo Parade and will kick off with the wheelchair race, followed by the 5K and 10K elite, 10K timed and 5K timed events. Registration is still open to participate, with a Virtual and Sleep-In Option as well. Register now at



Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.

The Downtown Rodeo Parade, one of the Rodeo’s most cherished annual traditions in Houston, will be held Saturday, Feb. 26. With country star and RODEOHOUSTON® opening performer Cody Johnson serving as the 2022 Grand Marshal, Houston 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. Visit to learn more.


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 $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.

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