Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’S African American Trail Riders

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Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’S African American Trail Riders
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Houston Arts Alliance says
Wednesday - Tuesday, February 10 - 16, 2016
Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’s African-American Trail Riders
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St.

Opening reception: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m. with free barbeque sliders (while supply lasts), refreshments, cash bar and music by Marcus Ardoin & Da Zydeco Legendz

Hours: Mon - Thu, 12 - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 12 - 7 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.

Every year, as winter draws to a close, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens with more than a dozen trail ride associations traversing the region and meeting in downtown for the opening parade. This presentation will unpack the city’s rural heritage, its role in the black cowboy story and the art of the ride.

Free and open to the public.

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About Winter Celebrations

Houston is a town where summer punishes and winter forgives. As a result, the winter months in Houston provide an extra opportunity to celebrate the season in special ways that express our diversity, our internationalism and our local heritage.

In response to this phenomena, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program presents Winter Celebrations, a trio of installations, along with live performances and interactive events centered on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lunar New Year and the African-American trail riders who help kick off the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

These distinctive traditions share more than a season -- they are all public, participatory, festive events involving parade-like processional activities, music and dance, and fancy garb or costume.

All events are free and open to the public at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street. Hours: Mon - Thu, 12 - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 12 -7 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m. For parking options, click here.

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Bank of America is the lead presenting sponsor for the entire Winter Celebrations series and for the free Family Day on January 18, 2016. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Endowment and Sara and Bill Morgan.
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By: Houston Arts Alliance

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