Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday that Friday will be Go Texan Day, officially kicking off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Turner Announces Start of The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Events including the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest will continue through the weekend in the lead up to opening day.

The grounds around NRG Park will see over 250 teams competing for top honors. In addition, 13 trail rides will converge on Memorial Park in preparation for the Downtown Rodeo Parade on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The trail rides travelled a combined 1,800 miles with one group coming from Reynosa, Mexico.

Saturday will also have more than 10,000 runners taking to the streets of Houston for the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run.

The five and 10-kilometer races are held to raise money for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund.

Rodeo Houston will begin on March 1 with the first round of Super Series and a concert by The Band Perry.

Events and concerts continue through March 20.

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