Where thou? Art cars.
Stomp on the roller blades. Grab the umbrella (Good for extreme sun or downpours.)
Get it in gear. (Is my neon hair clashing enough?)
Where’s the glue gun? Touch-ups may be required.
This weekend is an event for those with spark. Plugs. And a few good fan belts.
The art cars got it in drive for Houston’s 25th Anniversary Art Car Parade.
A moving experience as many who are spinning their wheels discover.
For those who are driven, it’s a wacky world: the largest Art Car Parade in the country.
Let columnist, Lisa Gray, steer you along:
“New Orleans has Mardi Gras. San Antonio has Fiesta. And we have an annual parade of transmogrified vehicles, most of them motorized, many of them jaw-dropping. There’s a car that looks like a genie’s bottle, one that looks like a sunflower and one that looks like a giant metal chicken. There are cars painted with intricate murals and cars that shoot fire (though not during the parade, not anymore). There are cars covered in mirrors, cars covered in beads and cars simply covered in crud. There are lowriders that do hydraulic dances and American cars painted with the American flag. There are metallic monsters with glowing eyes, improbable bicycles with wheels where no wheels should be and at least one giant motorized prom skirt
It’s a sprawling mess of a parade, a mixed-up, whacked-out event that for years I’ve tried to understand. It changes every time I think I’ve grasped it. But it definitely fits this city.”
Read the rest of her article which muses over the wacky origins and wild growth of Houston’s Art Car Parade : “The Art Car Parade, all grown up”
Not going to drive any other message home.
A picture is worth?
Not going to grill you on your weekend plans.
While the parade won’t be as exciting without the flame throwing dragon’s breath, it’s a hoot.
Consider the roller blades (Parking is difficult). Take lots of liquids, and don’t wimp out on the parasol!
(And be sure to get up close and personal with the car covered with fish…they detect motion and sing.)
Oh, FYI, when you pass the art cars driving around town, it’s OK to stare and honk as long as you wave!
Life in the sass lane,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
More about the Art Car Parade:
The Houston Art Car Parade: Official website. Schedule of events.
VIDEO of Art cars/parade/artists’ interviews NewsFix (Channel 39 TV)
“Houston Art Car Parade to celebrate 25th anniversary” - KHOU TV. Article and photos.
“Mayan apocalypse car makes a debut at this year’s Art Car Parade” - NYC artist Dennis McNett designs a car for the parade.
“Art car mixes metal. magic, and moxy” Article. Davis High School students prepare a car. Heights residents set to compete