The Western Heritage Parade (Part 2)

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The Western Heritage parade is a great opportunity for people to catch a glimpse of the history behind the cattle drives. They’re on foot, on horseback, and in wagons, it gives a very unique and historical aspect of the parade.

Look, wagons are coming to town! The cool cowboy is guarding the Whiskey Wagon. “Don’t mess with Texas.” 🙂

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Volunteers get big cheers. Each volunteer group walks behind the cattle, horses, or sheep to keep the street clean.

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The pony is having fun with a bunch of happy kids.

Wow, two Rodeo beauties!

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Bagpipe marching!

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About 1.7 million people come to this 2-week Rodeo event. Of course, you can expect the Alamo is packed with tourists.

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While watching these cowboys riding through, I thought about this poem that was quoted by Simon in one of his Western Approaches series, the Tall T. I’m borrowing this quote from Simon to wrap up this parade series.

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

~If by Rudyard Kipling

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Note:

In 1986, Texas began using“Don’t Mess with Texas” slogan on a campaign to reduce littering on Texas roadways.

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