I thought I knew all the major holidays: Christmas, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, but it wasn’t until I moved to Houston that I discovered one of my favorite new holidays. Go Texan Day has been around since the ’50s, but even though I’ve lived in Texas for twenty years, I’d never heard of it. That’s because only Houstonians celebrate this holiday that ushers in the biggest event of the year in this city: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Houston is the fourth largest city in this country. We have some of the most amazing restaurants and cultural attractions, and even with all that, the biggest event of the year includes steer wrestling and mutton busting.
So what do I love most about Go Texan Day? Well, let me just tell you.
1. Everyone in Houston is wearing boots: The spirit of the day is for everyone in Houston to unite in their love of this beautiful state by dressing in their best western attire. That means boots and hats of the ten gallon variety. Did you own a bolo tie in the ’90s? Spurs? Go ahead and dust those babies off.
2. I got to wear jeans to work!: Business in Houston are encouraged to participate in the day by allowing their employees to dress in their finest western wear, and my employer is happy to jump on board. Since I already wear cowboy boots on the regular to work, that wasn’t really a big deal to me. But jeans on a Thursday?? Now that’s reason to celebrate.
3. BBQ! Not only did they let us wear jeans, but they served up the national meal of Texas in the cafeteria. We had brisket and smoked turkey, potato salad, cornbread and cobbler. If that doesn’t make you say yeehaw, I don’t know what would.
4. Go Texan Day means that Rodeo season is here! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes place every year for three weeks in March. You can go down during the day and hit up the midway and carnival rides, and every night there is great entertainment with the actual rodeo events and the concerts. To give you an idea of the star-studded lineup, if I chose to go to concerts every Thursday night this month, I would see Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton. If Saturday is more your style, you could see Alan Jackson, Billy Currington and Brad Paisley. Or you could just go to a concert every night this month and throw in Eric Church, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and a few others.
5. I think my favorite part about this day is the unity you feel in the city. You can’t go anywhere without hearing about the rodeo or the related events. It’s so nice to have something that brings a feeling of community to a city of this size (and did I mention how much I love wearing my boots?!).