The Rodeo's Schedule Ain't What It Used To Be
Alright, so blogging has caused us to pay a little more attention to the rodeo than we usually do, which isn't difficult to achieve, given how much attention we paid to it in the past.
But what's up with the gap in scheduling? We thought these things were etched in stone: Go Texan Day, parade, and then you open up the damn rodeo and get it on.
Now Go Texan Day's Friday, the parade's Saturday, and the rodeo's closed Sunday and Monday.
Explain yourself, rodeo honcho Leroy Shafer!!!
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"For many years, the parade was held on Friday, all HISD Schools were out, and the Show started that afternoon," he tells Hair Balls. "The primary reason for changing the day of the parade was a city ordnance requiring all downtown parades be held on Saturday."
And, it turns out, the change is maybe 10 years old. (Like we said, we weren't paying close attention.)
"We now could not change this because of the barbecue," he adds. "Our barbecue has grown so large that it takes us two to three days after the event to move out all of the cooking booths and restore the grounds for the rodeo, livestock show and barbecue."
As for moving the event from the traditional February start to March, that's an attempt to overlap as much as possible with spring break for various school districts in the area.
Some things never change; apparently the rodeo isn't one of them.