The Houston Rodeo: Ten Classic Pictures

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Photos courtesy HLS&R
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Rodeo excitement is here, as our version of the State Fair ramps up with the trail riders nearing the city and Go Texan Day Friday.

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo people were nice enough to let us rifle through their archive of pictures, and we've presented ten of them for you. The one above, for instance, may look like any photo of the year's Grand Champion Steer, but if you look closer -- say, under the steer's body -- you'll see that despite his placid demeanor he's doing the cow equivalent of pissing his pants with excitement.

The rest of the rodeo top ten:

9. The Parks Are Full of Twirlers
Twirling was apparently a very popular activity back in the days when Separate Tables was playing on the big screen -- the city's Parks & Rec department was able to field quite a contingent. The Park & Rec's Banner Graphics Club, however, was apparently less of a draw.

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8. By All Means Necessary
The whitest crowd ever, until Sarah Palin came along, watches a classic tow-headed boy hold on for dear life in the calf scramble.

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7. Johnnie Walker, Trail Rider
A successful trail ride needs the proper supplies: Lone Star by the case, Johnnie Walker by the box. And whatever you do, don't forget the accordions.

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truth hurts
truth hurts

The lovely Houston I remember, all the minorites new their place, and more importantly we did too. Alas

Fiorello2
Fiorello2

Great pics! I feel nostalgic to be part of a community, as communities were more broadly defined back then. It would be interesting to see how these pics have changed and how the parade looks nowadays.

I would guess that most affluent whites don't line the parade route. They have high-priced tics to balls or functions that separate them from the masses. They have access at the rodeo that allow their kids to rub shoulders with famed cowboys, or entertainers. They have parties at ever-larger homes, or ranches, that pay respect to the cowboy tradition, without engaging with people who actually farm or raise livestock.

These pics are valuable to me because it's a time of community that has been lost. And sadder, things are trending more toward elites and less toward this type of inclusion.

Big Tex
Big Tex

You took an offramp into Rantsville.

Pamela Chupp Cavazos
Pamela Chupp Cavazos

8. By All Means NecessaryThe whitest crowd ever, until Sarah Palin came along, watches a classic tow-headed boy hold on for dear life in the calf scramble.

what does this mean, the white crowd, Palin thing - i don't get it

Tom Mabe
Tom Mabe

(Connelly is obsessed with Sarah Palin)

Francine
Francine

These are great!! I want some pedal-pushers like the ones worn by the little one on the hood -- the girl, not the boy....

Craig
Craig

The time before Yankees. Love it.

Feldman
Feldman

In photo #1, Simpsons Dining Car looks like a place I would've frequented. What a classic diner and that font is tops!

Mojoboogie2
Mojoboogie2

I just freaking want that little bitty car!

Daniel Eggert
Daniel Eggert

For what it's worth, Separate Tables premiered in 1958.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I *love* picture number 3. In my fantasy world I'd dress like Dale Evans every day.

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