Houston Art Car Parade – A Celebration of Individuality

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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.”

 

Dragonmobile

 

Zebramobile
Domemobile
Spectators at the Houston Art Car Parade

 

Musicmobile

 

Low-riding dometop
Psychedelic Porsche

 

Bunny car
Fishmobile?
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!
Peacockmobile

 

Laddermobile
Six-wheeler
Shock Top

 

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

 

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