Grand Marshals Announced for Go Texan Parade

Celebrate the start of the of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ at the 55th Annual Go Texan Parade as decorative floats intermingle with hundreds on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats, marching bands, elected officials, businesses and organizations.

Enthusiastic parade spectators can line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of the area’s most popular celebrations! The parade takes place Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. in downtown Conroe.

The parade is presented by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Houston Metro Go Texan Committee Conroe/Willis/The Woodlands Subcommittee and the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce.

This year, Chris Richardson and Ed McMahon, serve as the Grand Marshals for the parade. Both joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a life members, McMahon in 1967 and Richardson in 1982.

Richardson has been involved in many different capacities of the Show. He has served on the Agricultural Mechanics, Cutting Horse Show, Lamb & Goat Auction, Miniature Horse Show, Poultry Auction and Skybox committees. He was elected to the Show’s board of directors in 1986 and from 2003 to 2005. Richardson served as a Show vice president and was officer in charge of the Grand Entry, Lamb & Goat Auction, Rodeo Contestant Hospitality, Sheep and Goat, Transportation and Veterinarian committees. Richardson also has supported the Show as a buyer at several junior market auctions, as well as the School Art and Champion Wine auctions.

Professionally, Richardson is president of Blazer Building, Inc., He also is president of Blazer Real Estate Services. Additionally, Richardson presides over Creekside Nursery. He attended Louisiana Tech University, where he was an All-Conference, College Division II, All-American football player and was named to the Louisiana All-Collegiate Team in 1971. Richardson and his wife, Anne, have three children: Christian, who previously served as vice chairman of communications on the Trailblazer Committee, Hank, and Leslie, as well as two grandchildren. Anne has been involved with the Show for many years on the Armed Forces Appreciation, International and Trailblazer committees.

“I am very proud that Anne and I can give back to the future of our state through supporting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” Richardson said.

McMahon became an inaugural member of the Poultry Auction Committee as and served the committee in various leadership positions, including chairman and officer in charge. He is the only original member still participating actively on the committee. He was inducted into the committee’s Poultry Hall of Fame in 1987.

McMahon’s broad Show experience also includes volunteering on a number of other committees, including Sky Box; Corporate Development, where he served as chairman and received the Top Sales Award for nine consecutive years; Western Art, where he helped the Show raise funds to acquire a number of bronze sculptures; and Swine Auction, where he was presented with that committee’s prestigious Head Hog Award in 2003. McMahon also was a member of one of the teams that competed in the inaugural World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest in 1974.

McMahon was elected to the Show’s board of directors in 1977 and as a vice president in 1986. He served as officer in charge of the Breeders Greeters, Poultry Auction, Rabbit, Range and Pasture Plant Identification, School Art, Sky Box, and Swine Auction committees. In 2009, McMahon was elected to serve as an Executive Committee member.

The Go Texan Committee and the Chamber encourage you to join them as a participant or a spectator this year!

If you are interested in having your school, business, youth organization, nonprofit organization or more in the parade contact the Chamber at or call 936-756-6644.