Cowboy Breakfast kicks off 'March Madness'

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by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 11:23 AM

AUSTIN -- Austin's version of March Madness kicked off Friday morning.

Thousands attended the annual Cowboy Breakfast at the Long Center instead of Auditorium Shores this year. That area is undergoing renovations.

The breakfast helped kick off the Austin Rodeo, which is the unofficial start of "March Madness" in Austin. In that month alone the city will host the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, Kite Festival, Texas Relays and the South By Southwest Festival.

The breakfast began at 6 a.m. with traditional food like biscuits and gravy. There was live music from Barry Chinn and Route 66, as well as entertainment in the form of trick roping. There was even a chainsaw artist at the event.

The Austin Rodeo began in 1938 and has grown to include a livestock show and nightly concerts. This year's performances include Willie Nelson and The Temptations.

Go here for more information on the rodeo.

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