Spring has sprung in Houston and that means it's Rodeo time! The month-long festivities kick off this Friday with Go Texan Day. If you're out an about in the Memorial District you might catch sight of one of trail rides making its way down I-10 to Memorial Park. Trail rides are coming into the city from all directions Friday morning, but the Valley Lodge Trail Ride Association will be traveling right through the Memorial District as they make the final leg of their journey in from Brookshire, west of Katy. The ride will stop just east of Bunker HIll for their lunch break just after noon.
Established in 1959, the Valley Lodge Trail Ride Association, led by Trail Boss Wheat McKinney, travels 71.5 miles with 150 riders and 9 wagons. They will camp Friday night in Memorial Park with the 12 other trail ride groups and help kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Saturday morning with the annual Downtown Rodeo Parade that follows the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run. For parade route and parking information visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Show/Pre-Show-Events/Parade.