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May 13, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Thou art? Art Cars!

Where art thou? 2012 Anniversary Art Car Parade in Houston, Texas.

The largest Art Car Parade in the country.

But you figured that, right?

It’s Texas.

2012 Chicken Art Car. (Image:

Wild and wacky.

Houston Mayor in Banana Car.
(Image Nick De La Torre/

Moving on: a short recap of the 25th Houston Art Car Parade

For those who couldn’t attend due to last minute shopping for Mother’s Day which is so understandable.

“Our Lady of Transportation” Art Car.
(Image: Nick De La Torre/

“Fruitmobile” Art Car (Image: Nick De La Torre/

Newsfix: Art Car Parade: multiple videos by the wonderful news station, CW39, that streamed the parade live.

CW39 Newfix Art Car (Image

Not your father’s Oldsmobile. The 25th annual wacky-wheels pageant wows thousands near downtown. ”

Short parade video, photos, and also article by Carol Christian.

“Fried Chicken” Art Car.
(Image: Nick De La Torre/

 “Art Car Parade” by Nick De La Torre.

Short video about the Art Car people. General wackiness. See the singing fish car. Meet some of the artists. See some of the parade.

Squid-ish Art Car and Radio Flyer Art Car
(Image Nick De La Torre/

Sights and sounds of the Art Car Parade.

Short video of people watching the parade talk about it. Some of the parade.

The mini Art Car Parade through the medical center
(Image: Mayra Beltran/

Art Car Sneak Preview Party at Discovery Green Park

(Video: night before the parade) Cars all dressed up and ready to go.

“Art Cars with women’s causes” 

Art Cars: are more than a pretty face. Raising awareness. “Teal” car.

“Cancer Survivors take message to Art Cars” 

Art cars have special early mini parade through the Texas Medical Center.

Colorful wishes,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Related post: “Where Thou? Art Cars.”


  1. writingfeemail / May 13 2012 5:43 pm

    I’m digging the drumstick car. What a neat idea!


  2. shoreacres / May 13 2012 5:43 pm

    Personally, I think the Big Chicken car and the fried drumstick car should have been next to each other in the parade! I surely am glad the weather straightened out for them – it’s one of the most fun events in the city.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 13 2012 5:56 pm

      Obviously! They were probably too chicken. Thanks for parading that thought out there


    • MJ, Nonstepmom / May 14 2012 1:15 pm

      I had the same thought – it would be fun to arrange the cars to maximize the impact !


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2012 1:43 pm

        Careful arrangement might even tell a narrative. But the whole thing started as alternative “people’s art”…so I guess chaos is the rule. Thanks for shifting gears to add that.


  3. jmmcdowell / May 13 2012 8:06 pm

    I’m partial to Mr. Potato Head car. 🙂 I think there could be some new toy ideas based on these art cars!


  4. Kourtney Heintz / May 14 2012 4:47 am

    OMG a KFC car. I’ve truly seen it all. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2012 12:51 pm

      If they had placed the drumstick car right after the big chicken one….Thanks for giggling along


  5. jannatwrites / May 14 2012 5:21 am

    These are all so creative, but I love the potato head car. I wonder if they could remove the parts and swithch them around like the toy? That would be so cool 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2012 12:52 pm

      Hey – new idea: if there are costumes for pets, can costumes for vehicles be far behind? Thanks for driving by


  6. roughseasinthemed / May 14 2012 9:18 am

    Definitely too wild and whacky for me! Our idea of decorating a vehicle is changing brake shoes. Or maybe adding the odd bit of chequer plate so we can stand on the front.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2012 1:04 pm

      Some of those red brake calipers are pretty snazzy.(sort of like red underwear for the secretly wild car?) Thanks for zooming by


  7. rumpydog / May 14 2012 6:53 pm

    That last one looks like Mr. Potato Head!


  8. CATachresis / May 14 2012 9:42 pm

    I’m fairly sure the banana was my second car!!!


  9. jwms1 / May 15 2012 10:45 pm

    I love the banana car, very reminiscent of Richard Scary children’s books.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 16 2012 2:22 pm

      So glad you mentioned that. Richard Scary was the first thing I thought of when seeing that car! Thanks for tossing that idea this way


  10. robpixaday / May 15 2012 11:03 pm

    Haaaaa!! What a concept!!!
    So creative!

    I hope the Chicken Art Car and the Fried Chicken Art Car weren’t next to each other…

    Thank you for posting this! It’s the first I’ve heard of it.
    But now my car’s going to want a costume.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 16 2012 2:25 pm

      Which came first the chicken leg or the big chicken? It would be fun to create the order of cars for the parade. Thanks for driving in


  11. gingerfightback / May 16 2012 3:49 pm

    The chicken is cool!



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