Looking back at the Rodeo Parade's early days

HOUSTON -- On Saturday, abc13 covered the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade, but this wasn't our first rodeo! We've been covering it since 1959!

A lot has changed since those early days. This year, you were able to watch the parade from downtown Houston, live on abc13 and from four different angles on abc13.com and our mobile news app. Plus, you can see our full broadcast on the Watch ABC app.

We've compiled photos and videos from the early days of the rodeo. We hope you like looking through it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

Our first clip is from 1965. Jimmy Dean was the guest celebrity at the Rodeo and rode in the Channel 13 float in the parade.

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1965 Rodeo Parade



The next clip is from 1966. If you are a native Houstonian, you'll recognize Kitirik and Cadet Don in the float.

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1966 Rodeo Parade