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.”

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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Stephen Hartshorne
Stephen Hartshorne is the former associate editor of GoNOMAD.com. He writes a blog called ArmchairTravel about books he finds at flea markets and rummage sales. He teaches in local public schools in the Pioneer Valley and lives in Sunderland, Mass.