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Houston Art Car Parade 2012: Great Community

The Awesome cars of the 2012 Art Car Parade
The Awesome cars of the 2012 Art Car Parade
GIna Carroll

The enormously popular annual Houston tradition, the Art Car Parade, lived up to it's stellar reputation as big time family fun this weekend. The parade is the largest collection of Art Cars in the nation and is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year. The first Art Car Parade organized by The Ornage Show Center for Visionary Art, included 40 cars and drew some 2000 people. Now the parade attracts over 250 art car entries from 23 states, plus Mexico and Canada. And the parade draws over 200,000 viewers.

A stroll through the cars shows ample involvement by teens and kids. Several entries were creations submitted by schools, like Sharptown High School. The Jeff Davis high school marching band kept the crowd bouncing to the beat with their drum line. And lots of kids participated in the parade as part of the art, dressing in elaborate costumes and coordinated regalia. In all, the Art Car Parade is a wacky, brilliant display of creativity and humor by artists young and young at heart!

Enjoy the slideshow!