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Downtown Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Run mark start of Houston Rodeo

Run will benefit Rodeo educational fund

HOUSTON – The Saturday before the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will feature two big events: the downtown parade and the Rodeo Run.

The downtown parade has been a Houston tradition since 1938. This year's grand marshal will be longtime Houston broadcaster Dave Ward.

The parade route will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bagby and Walker streets. It will go from Travis to Bell Street and from Bell to Louisiana Street. The route will then turn on Lamar Street before ending at Lamar and Bagby streets.

Before the parade begins, the 2018 Rodeo Run presented by ConocoPhillips will begin at Bagby and Walker streets and end with a post-race party near Eleanor Tinsley Park.

The event includes a wheelchair race, a 10K race and a 5K fun run/walk. Proceeds will benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund.

The Rodeo Run begins with the wheelchair race at 9:10 a.m.

Streets around the run and parade routes will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until around 2 p.m.

Click here for parking options.

Here are some parade viewing tips from the Rodeo:

  • Arrive early to secure a viewing spot along the route.
  • Downtown streets close starting early on the morning of the parade. 
  • The best places to view the parade are on Louisiana, from Bell to Lamar, Lamar, and from Louisiana to Smith.
  • Bagby and Walker streets, from Sabine Street to Bagby, will be off limits for viewing.
  • Parking: Alley Theater Garage, Lyric Center, 1100 Smith Garage, Theater District Parking, Street Parking, Texas and Smith, Smith and Preston, Smith and Dallas, Smith and Clay, Walker and Main
  • The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run will run the entire parade route and can be seen on Allen Parkway from I-45 to Shepherd/Kirby.

For more information on the Rodeo run and parade, click here.

Here's a map of the parade route: