The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off today with the Downtown Rodeo Parade and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run.  Events at Reliant Park start with Horse cutting competitions.

The trail riders have arrived and set up shop at Memorial Park.  More than 1,500 riders from 13 trail rides converged on Houston Friday, coming from as far away as the Mexico border.

The World Championship Barbecue contest continues, and the beer garden will also be open.  Carnival rides will crank up this afternoon.


The rodeo concert series will start on Tuesday night with a performance by Brad Paisley.