The Mesquite Rodeo Parade is a long standing community tradition in downtown Mesquite. I didn’t realize it but Mesquite’s Rodeo Parade was in it’s 57th year! You can see horses, bands and floats wind through downtown Mesquite and after the parade there are often events after to continue the fun.
The Rodeo Parade is a community wide event that brings together civic clubs, churches, community groups, sports teams and schools. I hadn’t been to the parade in many years but my hubby was going to be in it so I made plans to go. There were quite a few folks already staking out their parade watching spots when I arrived at 9am. The parade wasn’t scheduled to start until 10am but folks arrived early!
It was a little chilly that morning, Mackenzie was bundled up.
Braxton was just ready to see some horses.
The Grand Marshall this year was Kloie Oguntodu, a 2nd grader at Shaw Elementary. Kloie won the girls, ages 6-7, NFL National Championship Punt, Pass and Kick competition, bringing national attention to Mesquite.
The kids are excited and want the parade to get started.
Here it comes!!
My alma mater – Mesquite High School!
You can see all kinds of interesting characters in the parade.
And a clown.
Lots of groups with brightly colored floats.
North Mesquite High School
Another brightly decorated float.
A cow decorated school bus representing all of our awesome school bus drivers!
Mack loves getting her pic taken with mascots.
The Mesquite Symphony Guild Debutantes
West Mesquite High School
Mmmmm – Whataburger!
Poteet High School
Mack with the Poteet Pirate mascot.
John Horn High School
Mack with the Horn mascot
My hubby pulling the DACED – Dallas County East Democrats float.
So proud of him for getting involved and trying to make a difference.
And of course there were horses!
And the parade wouldn’t be complete without seeing a longhorn! Hook ‘Em Horns!!
Afterwards we went to a local school that was hosting some after parade activities. Free hot dogs, bounce house and pony rides (not free, $4 each) rounded out our fun day!
A pic with Smokey the Bear
And one last pic with a clown for Mack.
What a fun, fun day!