Texas Rodeo

Written on February 28, 2009 by
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Everything is done a little differently here in Texas. This week, schools get out early and roads are shut down because of an old fashioned Texas Rodeo.

Did I say roads shut down? Oh yes. It’s a Texas tradition to have a “trail” ride on horseback down some of the busiest roads in Houston, and I got to witness it. Traffic stretches on while horses do their business on the pavement. How picturesque!

Yesterday featured another big event of rodeo week called “Go Texan Day.” Business men swap their suits for jeans and boots, silk ties for bolo ties, and my roommate claims he saw a twenty gallon hat. I think I got away without wearing the full garb since I’m a newbie. Next year, I’d better have some western gear or I might be taken out for an old fashioned hanging!

All of these events are just the beginning. All next week there will be rodoes, country music, and more square dancing than your boots can handle.

Random happenings like this are one of the many reasons that I love living in the fastinatingly weird Texas. I know Texas isn’t alone in these unusual events; what are some of your hometown traditions?

5 Comments

5 Responses

  1. Matt Solomon  •  February 28, 2009 @10:56 am

    Two words: Mardi Gras.

    I’ve never seen so many men dressed up as nuns. Nor have I ever seen as much public nudity…

  2. Mateo  •  February 28, 2009 @11:35 am

    “Fastinatingly” is a fascinatingly fantastic fantasy word…

  3. Ringl  •  March 2, 2009 @12:01 pm

    Aw, snap! You just got adverbed!

  4. Elise King Solomon  •  March 2, 2009 @1:47 pm

    I have to second Matt’s words. The entire city goes crazy for almost a month. Next year, we’re dressing up. Mardi Gras is like an adult Halloween.

    Oh yes, I remember rodeo time in Houston. We used to park somewhere and watch the people ride in on the horses. Then we would go visit my grandfather because he always showed his longhorns in the livestock show. I would gag loudly because the part of the Astrodome with all of the animals smells so terrible. Good memories! Haha.

  5. fil  •  March 3, 2009 @9:43 pm

    Wait ’til you experience Cinco de Mayo. I suggest you get yourselves over to San Antone (Antonio to you foreigners) as soon as possible and experience what Texas is really about. The Alamo and River Walk rule!! Course Houston is ok, if you like oil and 2nd rate Tex Mex food. I recommend that if you are hungry you should go to the Alamo Cafe or La Margarita in San Antone. Vaya Con Dios!!