|Houston rodeo carnival (Image courtesy Google Images)|
If you are like most people who have attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo more than once, you missed a lot of the action you planned to see. Maybe you had hoped to checkout the tractor pull, view some of the farm animals and few other of the events, but wind up forgetting about most of them once you are actually at the arena.
This year you can change that by taking the time to view the detailed list of the best times and locations to participate in the various events online. There is so much to do from outdoor activities, and the agventure, to live music and other entertainment. Plus there is a lot more to the Houston Rodeo than just the bareback and bull riding.
You can attend the annual Downtown parade, ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run or the world famous barbecue cook-off or one of the dozen or so other exciting activities that are associated with the rodeo each year. .
Getting To The Rodeo
There is no sense in talking about a trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo without talking about getting you there first. As always, the METRO Park & Ride shuttles will run from several locations around the Houston area. To avoid the headaches mile long traffic jams can cause park at any of the convenient park and ride locations and then catch a ride on a shuttle bus to Reliant Park.
|Houston Park and Ride Bus (Image courtesy Google Images)|
The off site parking lots at Delmar stadium, OST, Aramco Services company and Reed Road will connect riders via the Rodeo Shuttle.
The other locations will have regular Metro park and ride service during the rodeo. Don’t forget you can still jump aboard MetroRail in the Texas Medical Center or the downtown district for a hassle free ride to Reliant Park.
Visit our previous post for details on other transportation options from local buse service to riding taxis in Houston.
Downtown Houston Parade
The Houston Rodeo gets jump-started each year when more than 3,000 trail riders on horseback and in wagons, start their trek from points all across the state. They are all headed towards downtown along with marching bands and dignitaries in tow to participate in a stellar parade that signals it’s time to rodeo.
The road weary cowboys and cowgirls collectively travel nearly 2,000 miles braving the elements just like trail riders did in the late 19th century. Today they aren’t driving herds of cattle they come to ride through the street of H-town and get the show started at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The best places along the parade route to get a good view the marvelous parade are on Texas, Travis Bell, Louisiana, and Walker streets. Special reserve seating is available for those who want a better option than standing on the streets to watch the colorful annual Houston event.
ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run
The annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run, includes a 10K run and a 5K fun walk/run and a wheelchair race. More than 15,000 athletes are expected to participate in the Houston event that has fueled contributions of more than $2.9 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund since the race began in 1988.
Planning A Trip To The Houston Rodeo 2012
You don't have to wait for the opening day of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2012 you can start planning the details of your day at Reliant Center online now. Their website has a nifty feature showing all of the individual events scheduled for each day with a handy selection to let you print out the list of activities that you have chosen to see at the rodeo.
Keep checking back here at Midtownlive for more information about this humongous hoedown that takes place in H-town every year. If you have never been to the show you are really missing out on a treat and owe it to yourself to check it out this time around.
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