A day for us Houstonians {and Texans}

Yeehaw! Today is Go Texan Day here in the greatest state - and city - in the country!
{I'm a little biased}
For all you foreigners {everyone who isn't from the Lonestar state}, Go Texan Day comes once a year and kicks off the biggest livestock show and rodeo in the WORLD!
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - also known as the greatest show on earth
Well, that might be the circus' slogan --- but the HLSR is better in my opinion!
{In Houston, that "h" is known as the Bowlegged H - he's country folk}
Today, the city of Houston and surrounding areas, celebrate the rodeo spirit by wearing our finest western wear complete with bling and boots!
A little history lesson for y'all:
In 1937, plans began for the first Rodeo Parade and the first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 1938. With a couple marching bands, some city and state officials and local police on horseback, Houston kicked off a tradition that stand the test of time.
65 years later, Houston will kick off the Rodeo Parade with approximately 115 different groups joining in the festivities, 15 trail rides, 20 floats, 15 commercial wagons and stagecoaches, and 10 to 15 university and high-school marching bands in addition to Show officials, other elected officials and dignitaries on horseback and in vehicles.

Now the actual, livestock show and rodeo events do not begin until Monday, but this weekend hoards of drunks will gather until white tents to dance, drink and cowboy up at the BBQ Cookoff.

Come Monday, though it's all business and the richest regular season rodeo in the country begins. With over 24,000 volunteers, the HLSR draws crowds upwards of 65,000 people every day to see the best cowboys in the business, along with many other things. {The superstar music acts help too!}

Recognize any of these folks!?

 Just to name a few...
Needless to say I am so excited to begin my yearly rodeo experience --- and it's an excuse to wear cowboy boots to work!
I don't think I could choose a favorite part, because I just love it so much and having grown up going every year, it's just in my blood I guess :)
Have y'all ever been to the HLSR? What is your favorite part!

- Lindsey Nicole

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