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Families gather at parade to kick off Victoria Livestock Show

By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

Suzie Alvarez, center, gives a double thumbs-up as the Victoria Iron Works Grimm Brothers drive past her, her sister, Dominga DaVila, right, and Marcello Garcia, left, during the Victoria Livestock Show Parade in Downtown Victoria on Saturday morning. Other Saturday activities related to the show included a cook-off and wiener dog races at the Victoria Community Center.

Sitting on his grandmother's lap, Kayden Sutton, 2, was pointing at the several horses walking along Bridge Street.

His grandmother, Betty Sutton, of Victoria, was pointing along with him, while also taking in the sights and sounds of the Victoria Livestock Show Parade. For Kayden, he was interested in seeing a particular aspect of the parade.

"He loves horses," said Sutton. "I've always liked taking him and others to see the stock show. I hope Kayden enjoyed the whole parade."

Saturday morning's Victoria Livestock Show Parade marked the official kickoff to the livestock show. Thirty-two entries were a part of the parade, said Nick Rodriguez, parade coordinator.

Activities continued Saturday with cook-offs, a pet show, washer and horseshoe tournaments and wiener dog races.

The livestock show swings into high gear Thursday when the animals and county fair entries arrive for judging.

Cassandra Rodriguez, 37, of Victoria, who has attended the parade for years brought her children along to share in the experience. Her kids didn't complain.

"They all dressed themselves and were ready to go," Rodriguez said.

Her daughter Candelaria Rodriguez, 8, was glad she came.

"I wanted to see the horses," she said. "It's fun."

JoAnn Kucera, of Victoria, has also attended the parade for more than five years. Sitting right beside her was her granddaughter. Kucera recalled bringing her children along when they were younger. Now, a new part of the family is enjoying the parade, she said.

"When you have a small child, they look forward to things like that," said Kucera about the parade.

Kucera said she never grows tired of the parade, especially when parade marchers carry flags.

"I don't think I'll ever outgrow the excitement of seeing the American flag," she said. "It brings tears to my eyes."

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