Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cowboy Up!

Every year, at this time, Houston is invaded by a massive parade, cowboys, horses, trail-riders, a carnival, a livestock show, and (gasp!) country music!  Say it isn't so! But alas, it is. It's rodeo time here in this fair city.. Can I get a "yee-haw!"?  I don't know how long this has been going on but ever since I could form words, I remember clearly, how my mom would dress me and my siblings up in our brand new "Go Texan" day attire (because everyone needs new boots and wranglers and cowboy hats!) and take us to school.  Where there, we would happily show off our new duds.  Then the following day, we would rise early, again dress in our finest,  and head downtown to watch the parade.  Back then, when I was little, I thought the parade would never end! It was so long!  I remember sitting on my dad's shoulders so I could get a better look at all of the marching bands and floats and just take everything in! It was enormous!  While I haven't been in years, the rodeo has grown tremendously, and is even larger than it used to be.   I don't participate in the whole "let's all be cowboys and cowgirls for three weeks y'all" garb.  Meh,  the only thing I do that is remotely connected to the rodeo is eat barbecue.   Sho enuf! That's some good eatin'!  Oh and of course, watching the hot cowboys walking around in their hot jeans.  -What? Eye candy is eye candy!  So tomorrow marks the beginning of the rodeo and thus, it's been declared, "Go Texan" day.  We mean business here in H-town!   This is the time of year that it doesn't matter what your ethnicity is or if you are from here or not.  For twenty-one days everyone is a Texan!  Business owners and the city alike, love it because of the shot of the "green stuff" it shoots into our local economy. 

Thanks for letting me share my Texas story.  Y'all come back now, ya hear?


Anonymous said...

Typically cowboys do nothing for me...but every now and then they tip that hat your way and smile and say "ma'am" and I'll be damned it's sexy! I wouldn't mind being invaded being invaded by town being invaded by cowboys. That'll never happen in PA though.

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

You're makin' me wish I was there in Texas more than ever. Enjoy a good (look at a) cowboy for me partner! said...

Y'all are having so much fun over there. Wish I could ride my horse on over, but I don't have a horse.

Belle said...

I think cowboys look pretty sexy with their cool hats and tight jeans.
I lived in Calgary for 12 years and we had two weeks of Cowboy fever. The Stampede began and we all went off to the parade, just like you! Only I wasn't a kid, I took my kids.

David Batista said...

Wow, I learn something new! I had no idea this went on in the Houston area. I should ask my brother if he knows about this since he lives there now.

Sounds like a grand ol time! :)

Kelley said...

I live in Houston, too!! I love rodeo time. I am going 3 times this year. It's kind of stressing me out! I love it,'s chaotic, right?

Yvonne said...

Jewels - I know what you mean! I'm the same way! There's something very attractive about them.

Yellow Rose - I sure will, partna!

RR- ha! I don't one either.

Belle - they have a rodeo in canada? interesting!

David - See what happens when you read my blog? You learn new and exciting things! hehehehe :)

Yvonne said...

Kelly - What? Seriously you live in Houston? Wow!!!! We totally need to do lunch! I was there (cook-off) tonight, last night. OMG, I'm having deja vu! hahaha It is hectic and the traffic is annoying but it's fun!