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March 03, 2015 4:00 AM
The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports, that tradition remains strong, even though Houston's urban area has grown much larger.
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Video Horseback Riders Kick Off Rodeo Season in Houston

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports, that tradition remains strong, even though Houston's urban area has grown much larger.
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