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Move aside for the covered wagon: Rodeo trail riders take over Houston, create traffic scenes
CultureMap staff writer/photographer Whitney Radley was on the scene again this year, capturing this great photo of members of the Texas Independence Trail riders.
"I went along for the ride with them last year, and they were dancing all the way into the entrance of Memorial Park this afternoon," she writes.
Over thousands of miles and sometimes up to three weeks, these trail riders have promoted the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and served as reminders of Texas' rich Western heritage. Each rider is rated on dress and spirit, and the full cavalcade on overall presentation.
The Trail Ride Committee helps to facilitate riders' treks from respective starting points, prepares the park for the temporary takeover of the riders and cleans up once the trail riders leave again.
The trail riders will file out of the park again on Saturday morning, riding along Memorial Drive and through the streets of downtown for the annual Downtown Rodeo Parade.
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