Houston Art Car Parade – A Celebration of Individuality

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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