Houston Art Car Parade

From its funky, hodgepodge origins to its current state as an art gathering known around the world, the Houston Art Car Parade is certainly one of the city’s signature events. No longer just a parade, it has evolved into the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend. “Over the last five years, the parade has really developed into an entire weekend of activities. From the Main Street Drag and Sneak Peek on Thursday to the Legendary Art Car Ball on Friday evening, culminating with the parade on Saturday,” says Jonathan Beitler, Barrelhouse Media publicist. “There are multiple opportunities for the public to get up close and personal with the cars, meet their artists and celebrate this unique type of art.”

This year’s parade — with Houston Mayor Annise Parker as the grand marshal — will feature some 100 brand-new, never-before-seen cars. And while spots in the parade are hard to come by, artists are not as competitive as you may think. “The community of artists that participate in this parade are very supportive of each other,” Beitler says. “In fact, we find that individuals compete against [themselves] to build something more outrageous, beautiful or mind-blowing year after year.”
Thu., May 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri., May 9, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 10, 10, 11 a.m., 1 & 2 p.m.; Sun., May 11, 11 a.m., 2014

 
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