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See the Houston Art Car Parade on April 13

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing cars that look like spaceships or fuzzy purple dinosaurs. It happens every year in the days leading up to the Houston Art Car Parade. It’s over 30 years old, and it’s the biggest art car event in the world. See the parade on April 13, and join the fun all weekend long.

The Houston Art Car Parade

The official parade started in 1988, a few years after Houston artist Jackie Harris transformed a 1967 Ford station wagon with paint and fake fruit, and donated it to The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts. Today, more than 250,000 spectators gather to see about 250 vehicles from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The Cars

Pretty much anything on wheels can qualify. So, you’ll see bicycles, boats, lawn mowers, and skateboarders along with the automobiles. Based on past entries, be prepared for dinosaurs and other animals with big teeth, Star War characters, bananas, and hot dogs. Professional artists participate, but many of the entries are from ordinary individuals and groups including schools and nursing homes.

The Schedule

Check online for the full weekend schedule, from the city-wide preview on April 11 to the award ceremony on April 14. You’ll also find all your ticket options for the parade, the ball, and the official after party at Saint Arnold Brewery.

Tips for Attending

You can go to the preview party and watch the parade for free or pay for an upgraded experience. While the parade starts at 2:00 p.m., people usually start lining up around 10:00 a.m. because the streets will be blocked off. If you’re not paying for shaded seating, it’s especially important to remember to bring plenty of sunscreen and water. The parade will go on rain or shine.

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