Houston Art Car Parade speeds up for a return to in-person weekend fun

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One of the city’s most enduring cultural events will once again take place on the streets of downtown. the Orange Show for visionary art announced a full art car festivities weekend, including the first in-person Art Car Parade since 2019.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 9, the 35th annual Houston Art Car Parade will feature more than 100 new and never-before-seen art cars, according to a press release. Additionally, the parade will feature many of Houston’s signature slabs – slow, loud and punchy – as well as groups of cyclists and skaters, creatively adorned wheeled gear and “fur-covered, metal-modified varieties.” and fire-eaters”. A full range of participating vehicles will be displayed on the event website.

The two-hour parade will begin at 2 p.m. and follow a familiar route in front of City Hall along Dallas, Smith and Lamar streets. Free, it should attract thousands of participants. Reserved seat in the stands is available for $40.

Those who want a more luxurious parade experience can purchase VIPit tickets. Priced at $175the VIP area offers a gourmet lunch, cocktails, a creative space for children and, above all, reserved parking nearby.

Of course, the Art Car Parade is only one part of the Art Car Weekend. The four-day affair kicks off April 7 with a preview of Discovery Green (6-10 p.m.). The free event will feature nearly 100 art cars and a performance of american idol candidate Ren Patrick.

The Legendary Art Car Ball takes place Friday, April 8 at The Orange Show World Headquarters (2401 Munger St.). Always one of the most anticipated parties of the year, it will feature art installations, elaborate costumes and, of course, hundreds of art cars. Austin Golden Dawn jazz ensemble Arkestra will headline the event, which will also feature the debut performance of Kam Franklin’s new project of The Suffers Bayou City Return Chorus.

General admission tickets are available for $35 with VIP tickets priced at $100. They are on sale now.

The weekend ends on April 10 with the Houston Art Car Parade awards ceremony. Held at the Orange Show, it will award more than $15,000 in prizes, including the first-ever Ann Harithas Legacy Award, named after an artist, collector and curator, who is credited with curating one of the first exhibitions public art cars in Houston in the early 1980s.

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