UPDATED: Art Car Parade Celebrated 25 Years (w/ VIDEO)

That's Houston Texans JJ Watt (rear left) and Connor Barwin (rear right) acting as grand marshals in the Art Car known as Electrolux.
That's Houston Texans JJ Watt (rear left) and Connor Barwin (rear right) acting as grand marshals in the Art Car known as Electrolux.
Photo by Allison McPhail

Updated: we just got the list of this year's winning cars from the Orange Show. Check their announcement at the bottom of this post.

Check out more photos from the 25th Annual Art Car Parade in our slideshow.

Ahh, the Art Car Parade. It's hard to believe Houston's been letting its freak flag fly like this for 25 years now. Few of the cars change each year in this homage to folk art and creativity organized by the Orange Show, but one thing's for sure -- the parade is always a damn good time.

This year's grand marshals were men-about-town (at least during the offseason) JJ Watt and Connor Barwin, who both play for the Houston Texans. Both were also marshals for the Rodeo Parade earlier this year. Mayor Annise Parker made an appearance, riding this year in a giant banana.

From low riders to flame-throwers, pretty much all of the 300+ cars are impressive feats of craft, welding and paint work, making Houston's parade the largest gathering of art cars in the world, according to the Orange Show. This year one of the most amazing cars was a giant walking creature. Missed it? Check out our video below of Saturday's festivities.


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