Houston Art Car Parade – A Celebration of Individuality

Motorized bunny slippers

Photographs by Stephen Hartshorne

The Houston Art Car Parade was started by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, an organization founded by Houston Postman Jeff McKissack to make art more accessible to the community. The first parade in 1988, with 40 cars, drew about 2,000 people.

Now there are more than 250 cars in the parade and it draws about 250,000 people from all over the world and forms the nucleus of The Orange Show’s Art Car Weekend, known as “Houston’s best party.”




Spectators at the Houston Art Car Parade




Low-riding dometop
Psychedelic Porsche


Bunny car
Dragon bike


Dude on roof
Waiting for the Art Car Parade in Houston


Lady Liberty rocks!
Watching Houston's Art Car Parade


Scooter masked man


The tail opens!


Shock Top


Bug-eyed monster car
The front of the Operamobile
The rear of the Operamobile
La Cucaracha


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