An amazing thing also takes place on Go Texan day...thirteen different groups of trail riders descend upon the city from all points north, east, south and west. These groups vary in size and distance covered on their rides, but some are more than 200 riders strong, complete with covered chuck wagons, and some travel more than 200 miles. They ride up major roads, through the suburbs and even up the freeways into the city, camping at various spots along the way. One group has a midday break at my local Home Depot every year, but I always miss them by a day. All groups end up at the same place, Memorial Park, on Friday night, and all participate in the downtown Rodeo Parade Saturday morning.
This past Friday marked the opening of the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show, a huge, three week long, annual tradition. It is virtually a state holiday here, referred to as Go Texan day, and schools encourage kids to dress up in their best western wear. If you know me you will remember that Alex dressed up as a cowboy for this past Halloween, so he had a great little outfit. I found authentic cowboy boots for both kids at local thrift and consignment shops for a steal. This photo isn't the best, but you get the idea: