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Ft. Worth Stock Show Parade: Photo Essay

by Penny Sadler

Ft. Worth SSR Parade, photo by Penny Sadler

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.

Ft. Worth Courthouse, Texas @Penny Sadler

The ladies in pink represent the history of Texas – six flags, each representing a country, and the State of Texas.

FT.Worth Stock Show parade @PennySadler 2014

There were plenty of pretty cowgirls, senoras and senoritas riding in the parade. Here are some of my favorites.

ft.worth stock show parade, @PennySadler 2014

Ft.Worth Stock show and rodeo parade, @PennySadler 2014

Lady on a horse in the parade Ft.Worth, Texas @PennySadler 2014

FtWorth Stock Show parade @PennySadler 2013

Then there was this cute little cowboy…

Cute little boy on a horse. FtWorth SSR @PennySadler 2014

These painted horses were the first I’d ever seen!

FtWorthSSR parade 2014. @PennySadler

Texas was once ruled by Spain and Mexico – in fact Texas was originally part of Mexico.

Mexican cowboys in the FTWorth SSR parade. @PennySadler 2014

Finally these two were my favorite little riders.

cute little boy and girl riding ponies in the Ft.Worth sotck how rodea and parade. @PennySadler 2014

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.

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12 comments

Mary @ Green Global Travel February 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I love seeing all of the cowgirls, however I don’t understand why they don’t where the string of their hat under their chin. What is the deal?

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Penny Sadler February 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Good question. Now I’m going to have to research the answer!

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Bethaney - Flashpacker Family January 31, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Great pics! So Texas!

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Penny Sadler February 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

Definitely Texas!

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Terry at Overnight New York January 31, 2014 at 6:45 pm

The parade looks terrific — and what a rich history. The horses are pretty impressive, too.

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Jennifer January 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I love that dour little boy, so cute! And the real painted ponies. I always thought that that was a type of horse, not the literal meaning. Huh! today I learned. Thanks!

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Penny Sadler January 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Hey Jenn, actually there is a type of horse called a Paint that refers to the markings and color of the horse. I thought this was fun though – kind of tongue in cheek. Don’t know if they meant it that way? Probably not!

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wanderingeducators January 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

what stunning colors! and lovely weather! 🙂 thanks for sharing this beautiful day with us.

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas January 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

You MUST make it out to the Spanish horse shows and all that come with it out here – you’d love it!

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Penny Sadler January 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Ok, Cat tell me when!

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Ana O January 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

How beautiful! I didn’t know about this parade, I’ll try to attend next year.
And I’ve never ridden the TRE, I’m tempted.

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Penny Sadler January 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Hi Ana! Long time. We should do it sometime. It’s so easy!

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