Houston SLAB Parade & Family Festival

Think you’ve got a cool car? You haven’t seen Kerry “Fleetking” Williams’s ride. Williams, a participant in the Houston SLAB Parade & Family Festival, drives a fully loaded 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham with an LS1 engine. (SLAB cars, by the way, are hip-hop-influenced low rider/art cars popular in African-American communities. The practice originated here in Houston.) Williams’s car, painted Kandy Teal green, has a custom 2005 DTS Cadillac cream leather interior, Delorean doors in the front, Eagle doors in the back and a 16-switch hydraulic pump to activate the suspension. There are more than a dozen television screens inside the car. “[I have] one in the steering wheel, one in the radio, two in the front doors and two collapsible 23-inch screens embedded in the rear doors,” he tells us. “Throughout the console I have four screens. In the main section I have two 19.5-inch screens, two in the headrests and two in the rear seats.” Williams’s Cadillac will be one of some 50 tricked-out cars and dozens of customized bikes in the parade. The SLAB parade and festival, presented by the Houston Arts Alliance and partners the Houston Museum of African American Culture and Workshop Houston, is the first-ever “official” event of its kind in the city.

1 to 6 p.m. MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun. For information, call 713-581-6131 or visit houstonartsalliance.com. Free.
Sun., Oct. 20, 1-6 p.m., 2013

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