Its that time of year! RODEO TIME! And it all kicks off with what Houstonians call Go Texan Day! To kick off the rodeo season, Houston celebrates the spirit of the West by encouraging citizens to dress in their cowboy gear and round up some rodeo fever.

The 2005 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will once again feature a star-studded lineup of performers like Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson , Alicia Keys, Pat Green, Clint Black, Steve Miller Band, Clay Walker, and YES – Maroon5. There are more – but those are just some of the notables I pulled out of the list.

In addition to the crowd of performers – there will be the usual display of cowboys abusing farm animals. 🙂 But don’t let that damper your spirits – grab your cowboy hat, throw on your chaps and spurs and boot-scoot to work in your best country gear…

This time of year is also marked by INSANE traffic as the trail riders enter the city from all sides. Talk about fun! I mean for the riders – not the people in cars waiting for the mile long line of riders to clear an intersection. The trail riders from cities all over Texas will converge on Memorial Park in preparation for tomorrow’s Rodeo Parade.

I for one, intend to get out there with my camera and get some good trail riders shots… and yes, I’ll be wearing my cowboy boots.