Downtown Rodeo Parade

Anybody who has lived in Houston for any amount of time has heard of the annual Houston livestock and rodeo show. The event is marked by the convergence of trail riders from across the state into Houston. There is also the downtown parade. It should go without saying that I’m not exactly the rodeo type – in fact part of me is a little bit uneasy that during this time people dress up like the stereotypical television Texan when Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country and is very diverse with many museums, universities, research institutions, hospital systems, nightlife, arts, sports, etc. Still, I wanted to takes pictures of horsies.

Since the riders were spending the night in Memorial Park, they were making their way to downtown through Memorial and the street was closed to vehicles. It also happened to be that foggy and very hazy morning so it wasn’t exactly the best day for photography. Even with the Haze, my new 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon lens works like a champ even on my DX camera. The only other lens I brought with me was the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR.

so here they are:
Lined up for downtown

Normally, this is a very busy area during the day – there is a municipal courthouse nearby and of course downtown is right there so parking is very scarce so I thought it looked kind of cool that the parking lot was almost empty except for the people on horses. Confession: the fog was so thick that the skyline was almost washed away in the picture so I used Lightroom’s gradient tool to recover the background a bit.
Rodeo Parade

When I finally made it to downtown I heard a familiar marching band which of course was my alma mater the University of Houston cougars or “The Coogs” as they are known here.
Whoooose house?  Coogs' house!

Houston Cougar

Of Course, the 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikkor is a full frame lens, but 14mm is still very handy on a DX camera.
Testing out the 14-24mm

Saw Houston’s Mayor (again) along with several US congress people.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker

A little Aerial shot from a parking garage.
Rodeo Parade

And back on Sabine Street which goes into Memorial
Rodeo Parade

You’ve heard of the circle of life, but this was a circle of horse poop around downtown and back. Don’t worry, sweepers were right behind them.
Rodeo Parade

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