The obligatory Art Car Elvis!
The obligatory Art Car Elvis!
All photos by Christina Uticone

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

The Art Car parade is one of my very favorite things to do in Houston, and this year I went with an eye toward what the parade participants would be wearing, as well as the cool cars. The art cars were fun and the costumes were funky: weird, wacky, and wild were represented, and everyone moving down the street had a smile on their face. Check out some of my favorite costumes after the jump, and if you had a favorite car or costume, let me know in the comments!

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

When I saw Jen Jen walking down the street the first thing I noticed wasn't her balloon hat, but the smiles that broke out on the faces of the people she was chatting with. I literally chased her down the road because I had to get a snap of the Rainbow Brite knee socks and the multi-pocketed apron. That balloon hat was just icing on the cake!

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

Cowboy hats and sunglasses were de rigueur for many on Sunday, and Mayor Annise Parker said "yes" to sun protection in a wide-brimmed hat and shades.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

I love the red hippo car that tools around town year-round, but this Mad Hatter on the orange car charmed me with her bubbly smile - and her soap bubbles.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

Part-saloon gal, part-roller derby. I love the stockings here, and the minimalist accessorizing--too much bling would have been a lot of look.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

I thought this was a faithful interpretation of the iconic I Dream of Jeanie costume.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

A well-placed pucker can do wonders for a girl!

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

This juxtaposition of hippie tie-dye with an Army helmet caught my eye.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

Insert mandatory "moooo-ving" joke here. How this woman made a cow motif look sexy is beyond me, but she nailed it.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

In yards of pink tulle and decorated bras worn on the outside of their clothing, these breast cancer survivors gave a big middle finger to the Big C.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

Now that's a breastplate.

Last Hurrah: Kooky Costumes at the Art Car Parade

Plastic water bottle hats also made an appearance. This one seems royal-wedding worthy to me.

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