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February 25, 2013

History, Media & Culture

Last weekend, I took in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo downtown parade for the first time in several years. The weather was spectacular, and the crowd was massive, diverse and enthusiastic.  There were horses, riders, and marching bands. All in all, a great day to be in Houston.

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Riders get set to begin the parade as the sun rises over downtown Houston.

Riders get set to begin the parade as the sun rises over downtown Houston.

A young girl waves a flag from atop her father's shoulders.

A young girl waves a flag from atop her father’s shoulders.

A float rides past Houston City Hall.

A float rides past Houston City Hall.

Spectators watch from a hill in Tranquility Park.

Spectators watch from a hill in Tranquility Park.

Riders with flags that have flown over Texas throughout its history.

Spectators greet riders bearing flags.

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More riders.

Spectators watch the parade from outside a downtown building.

Spectators watch the parade from outside a downtown building.

Spectators watch from the garage of the soon-to-be-closed downtown Macy's store.

Spectators watch from the garage of the soon-to-be-closed downtown Macy’s store.

A high school marching band makes its way down the parade route.

A high school marching band makes its way down the parade route.

More riders and buildings.

More riders and buildings.

Riders make a turn in the parade route.

Riders make a turn in the parade route.

Still more riders.

Still more riders.

The Lone Star flag and the former Humble Oil Building (now ExxonMobil).

The Lone Star flag and the former Humble Oil Building (now ExxonMobil).

A street-sweeper makes some necessary adjustments.

A street-sweeper makes some necessary adjustments.

An old-fashioned wagon makes its way beneath a new-fangled skywalk.

An old-fashioned wagon makes its way beneath a new-fangled skywalk.

Riders make their way past the newly renovated Julia Ideson Library Building.

Riders make their way past the newly renovated Julia Ideson Library Building.

 

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I'm a journalist and writer in Houston, Texas. My areas of specialty inxfcgclude law and courts, local government and industry and environmental issues. You can follow me on Twitter at @twitter.com/kenfountain and email me at kenfountain1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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