Bill Mellett Photography

Using my own life's experiences as the canvas for my work.

Fort Worth Western Parade

Fort Worth

The Forth Worth Stock Show All Western Parade is the one day of the year where the horses and cowboys, cowgirls and vaqueros leave the stockyards and parade their stuff down downtown Fort Worth.  It’s the first official day of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo season.

There are no motorized vehicles allowed.  This year there were 150 entrants; mostly horses. The ratio of humans to horses is greater than 1:1 but, not by much.   The 150 entrants includes groups.  I wouldn’t even try to guess how many horses and mules I saw today. The Parker County Sheriff’s Department and Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department both had huge groups of mounted sheriffs.  I chatted with the photographer for the Governor of the State of Mexico.  They also had a huge group in the parade.  I noticed that the police presence included mounted officers from the cities of Grand Prairie and Arlington, TX.