The Black Yeehaw: Fashion and History at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

Everything was standard rodeo—mostly. At the 35th annual Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, held in Oakland in mid-July, there was bull-riding, barrel racing, and steer roping, with Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” playing five or six times throughout the day. But where most rodeos open the show with a grandiose display of patriotism—you know, a convocation of bald eagles flying across the sky with fireworks exploding and at least one little boy, cowboy hat to his heart, shedding a single tear—the BPIR did something different.

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