The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade included more than just cowboys and high school bands. There was a significant military presence.
Here, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from New Orleans performs.
All of the military participating were invited to the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cook-off with the Goody Girls BBQ team offering to feed them all.
The U.S. Army Cavalry division out of Fort Hood brought their horses and covered wagons to the parade.
This covered wagon had a military mission on the streets of downtown Houston.
U.S. Army soldiers paraded in their fatigues and handed out miniature American flags to the onlookers.
Part of the army paraded on wheels.
The Army and the Cavalry paraded side by side.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Armed Forces Appreciation Committee had their own float and were accompanied by members of the U.S. Air Force as they paraded through downtown.
The Marine Corps band played throughout the parade route.
Those Armed Forces Appreciation Committee members displayed their friendly best on parade day.
After working up an appetite in the parade, the Marine Corps members gathered at the Ram's BBQ tent for some good eats.
A special treat for the guests at the Ram's Club BBQ tent, several of the Marines put on a rock and roll show.
Forget Sousa. There's rock 'n roll in these guys' hearts.
Talent on a trombone.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo director Sharleen Walkoviak, left, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Sherlock (officer in charge of the band) and Terry Walker, Armed Forces Appreciation Committee vice chair, in the party tent.
Everyone loves the guys and gals in uniform. So no surprise that the appreciation committee has cooked up plenty of entertainments for the military. In fact, Wednesday is Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the rodeo.
More than 3,600 active duty and reservist soldiers will be treated to an activity-filled day at the rodeo.