Cowtown Rodeo

“One of the many missions of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is to promote continuing improvement in the breeding, raising and marketing of livestock and to encourage the pursuit of excellence generally throughout the livestock and agriculture industries.” – FWSSR website

According to Angela Patterson, from, “The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is the oldest continually running livestock show and rodeo in the country.” It takes place in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and this year, it runs from January 18th through February 9th. As part of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the All Western Parade was held this past Saturday and I’m happy to say that I got to attend. There are a variety of events that are still to come as part of the stock show and rodeo that is being held in Fort Worth, also known by it’s nickname, Cowtown. Anglea Patterson’s article, “Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo,” highlights a few of them:

  • All Western Parade January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. (past)
  • Best of the West Ranch Rodeo – January 18-19, 2013 (past)
  • Best of Mexico Celebración – January 20 (past)
  • The Cowboys of Color Rodeo – January 21 (past)
  • Bulls’ Night Out – January 22-23 (still to come)
  • Dickie’s Day Free Grounds Admission – January 22, 2013 (still to come)

For more information on Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo events, see: the Daily Events Schedule, the Schedule of Auction Events, and the Special Activities.

All Western Parade

For a place that calls itself “Cowtown,” the parade was definitely fitting. It had a very old fashioned theme, with vintage trolleys, wagons, and horse-drawn carriages. Thousands of people gathered in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in the nice warm weather, to enjoy the parade that also featured a ton of flag displays as well as a few marching bands. The difference in who rode the horses in the parade, ranged from a five-year old child, to a man smoking a cigar, to people who rode on a sidesaddle, to people who even stood up while riding! There was also a wagon…pulling another wagon! Have you ever seen that before? I never had, and neither had my boyfriend. Then again, this was his first parade..ever! I think it’s safe to say it was a good first experience for him. The weather was perfect, the announcer was pretty good, and the spot we had on the parade route made capturing the event fairly easy.

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To view more photos from the parade, see the Facebook album: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo-All Western Parade.

If you’ve never been to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo before, I think you should definitely try to check it out! Especially, if you live in the area! Based on the impression I got from the parade, I would be interested in attending more events. If you get a chance to go, let me know what you think!

Melissa Woodring 🙂


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