Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's a Parade! San Antonio Style

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This morning we went downtown with the kids to see the stockshow and rodeo parade. In San Antonio they drive longhorn cattle down Houston Street to the Alamo. We lined up with hundreds of others about 2-3 blocks from the Alamo. It was cold (38 degrees) and a bit breezy which made it quite chilly. I was glad I had left my gloves in my pockets. Alyssa was cold in her sweatshirt jacket so she and Grampa waited for the parade to start in a spot of sunshine. (the tall buildings blocked the sun from where we stood to see the parade).

Waiting for the parade in a sunny spot

Finally we heard a band and a Samba group came by dancing

Then we waited about 10-15 more minutes before the cowboys came on their horses and finally the longhorns! I was thinking it would be this large herd like you read about in western novels but it was only about 20 steers but they were big and their horns were huge!

Here come the Longhorns!

Grampa thought they were at least 12 - 15 years old in order for the horns to be that big. After the cows came the Vacaros on horseback doing roping tricks with their lariets.

Swinging his lariet!

There were Buffalo Soldiers in their Union uniforms,

Some of the Buffalo Soldiers

a ladies horse drill team, an Indian man and woman dressed in buckskins,

Beautiful buckskins!

a pack horse loaded up and headed for the stock show,

That horse is loaded down!

and several horse drawn wagons.

Heading out to the Stock Show in San

The parade ended with the street sweeper to clean up after the cows and horses!

Micah found a spot they missed and we had to do a major clean up at the car!

When they took down the barricades we walked down a block to the Riverwalk and walked along it for a short distance to the Alamo.

Along the Riverwalk with Grampa's Sami and Susie!

Headed for the waterfalls along the Riverwalk

We went over to it and walked around the gardens and looked at the historical plaques and canons(a big hit with the girls!).

At the Alamo

The girls liked the flags in the gardens

Then we headed for the car. Grampa was tired of walking! Apparently so was Nattie since she fell asleep almost as soon as we got into the car. A fun time was had by all and the longhorns were really very impressive.


  1. Great Pictures;

    Keep telling that history and especially about the Buffalo Soldiers:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, "RaPR", a great story of black military history...the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial...and visit the website

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories...its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see at;

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.


  2. Thanks for all the information! I was trying to explain to my grandson about the Buffalo Soldiers but needed some more information myself. His parents were involved in a memorial service in Elko, NV for the soldier's remains they moved from CA to Arlington a few months ago (or maybe more--time flies!)

    Are you in my picture?