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Victoria parade kicks off livestock show

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Feb. 16, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.


IF YOU GO:WHAT: Victoria Livestock Show Parade

WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m., lineup at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Corner of Ben Jordan and North Streets, ending at the Softball Complex on Ben Wilson Street in Victoria.

COST: None

Other activities planned Saturday at the community center:

9:30 a.m. -4 p.m. - Barbecue cook off, including brisket, beans, chicken, pork ribs, dessert and new this year-bloody Mary's.

2-5 p.m. Horseshoes and washers tournament

2 p.m. Pet show

4 p.m. Wiener dog races

More than 75 floats will begin lining up at 8 a.m. Saturday to kick-off the 2011 Victoria Livestock Parade.

Participants and viewers of the parade are expected to congregate at the intersection of Ben Jordan and North streets, to begin riding their floats down the parade route at 10 a.m.

"The parade kicks-off everything for the week," Parade Chairman Nicholas Rodriguez said, describing the packed week of livestock show events.

As the parade moves through the city, hundreds of people are expected to line the streets Saturday morning to see antique automobiles, Queen Victoria Melanie Gayle Tesch and her royal court, Victoria area schools, U.S. war veterans, and the parade's grand marshal, the Victoria Association for Citizens with Disabilities, among others.

"It will be a fun time to get everyone together to the enjoy the parade," Rodriguez said. "It's a good way to start off the 2011 livestock show."

The parade will end at the Victoria Softball Complex on Ben Wilson Street.

After the parade, the Livestock Show will host a pet show at the community center.

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