The annual Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo kicked off Saturday with a two hour parade down Main St. beginning at the historic courthouse.
The first stock show was in 1896 and attendance was free. In 1907 admission was charged for the first time – twenty-five cents!
Though I’ve been around a few rodeos and cowboys (due to my makeup artist gig I’ve even worked with Ty Murray!), this was my first year to attend the this parade which is now in it’s 117th year!
If you follow my site, you know I regularly attend the Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days parade, which is an equestrian parade. I love the colorful costumes, the music of the marching bands, the ornamental saddles, and the overall festive and friendly atmosphere of the crowd. Most of all I love the people watching!
I rode the TRE (Trinity Rail Express) from Dallas to Ft. Worth, with a group of friends, which was another first. For ten dollars you can ride the train – and it is clean, quick, and there’s free wifi! I’m a convert!
If you weren’t at the parade on Saturday, you can join me now on a photo walk here.
The ladies in pink represent the history of Texas – six flags, each representing a country, and the State of Texas.
There were plenty of pretty cowgirls, senoras and senoritas riding in the parade. Here are some of my favorites.
Then there was this cute little cowboy…
These painted horses were the first I’d ever seen!
Texas was once ruled by Spain and Mexico – in fact Texas was originally part of Mexico.
Finally these two were my favorite little riders.
If you’re in Ft. Worth, the rodeo and stock show run until February 8, 2014. You can find all the information you need at www.fwssr.com
If you’re interested in the history of the Stock Show check out this site.