Everyone loves art cars, and on May 8, 2010, the annual Houston Art Car Parade returns to the streets of Houston. What began in 1986 with the Ford Fruit Mobile has grown into the largest and oldest art car parade of its kind. Inarguably one of the funkiest events in the U.S., the parade features some 250 cruisers best described as folk art on four wheels. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is the beloved comedic actor, Dan Aykroyd. (Who ya gonna call?)
As always, the parade is just one of the events planned by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art as part of a weekend full of fun, art and entertainment for the whole family. Here’s a lineup of events:
Art Car Ball: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Orange Show Monument & Warehouse, 2402 Munger Street, 7-10pm
The Art Car Ball blurs the line between spectator and performer, as the audience is as likely to come in inspired car-part costumes as the artists. The Ball is sure to be a party to remember featuring live music, fantastic food/drink and cars, cars, cars!
Main Street Drag: Friday, May 7, 2010
Caravans of Art Cars visit more than 20,000 people who otherwise may not be able to experience the Saturday Parade. The Main Street Drag stops at children’s hospitals, schools, community centers and senior living facilities to spread smiles and the creative spirit with more than 80 Art Cars participating.
Sneak Peek / Shop Talk: Friday, May 7, 2010
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, 7-10pm
Friday evening is the public’s first chance to see some of the spectacular new Art Cars and some old favorites from year’s past. Sneak Peek features live music and entertainment throughout Discovery Green. As the sun goes down, the park becomes filled with illuminated Art Cars outfitted with special night lighting and blazing fire.
The Houston Art Car Parade: Saturday, May 8
The main event: Cars line up at 9am at Taft and Allen Parkway. Parade rolls at 1pm.
Comedian Dan Aykroyd is set to stir up good times at the 23rd Annual Art Car Parade as official Grand Marshal. The Parade begins at Allen Parkway and Taft Street and ends at Montrose Boulevard after looping around the Heritage Society. Plenty of viewing space is available along Allen Parkway between Montrose and Bagby.
VIPit Party: Saturday, May 8
The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby, 11am-3pm
Enjoy shaded bleacher seating, fun family activities, gift bags and live entertainment. VIPit offers the absolute best views and features a grand picnic lunch from some of Houston’s best restaurants. Note: This is a ticketed event, with individual tickets starting at $125. To purchase tickets, please call 713-926-6368. Money raised helps keep the parade free for everyone.
Art Car Artists Awards Ceremony & Brunch: Sunday, May 9
Continental Club, 3700 Main Street, 11am
The Art Car Awards Ceremony and Brunch features live music and entertainment, food and drink, and artists selling their creations at the Continental Club.
For tickets or more information, visit www.orangeshow.org or call 713-926-6368.