Houston Art Car Parade: Details on parade route; map

Those wild and wacky artworks on wheels are again and so they’ll roll by way of downtown and alongside Allen Parkway Saturday afternoon.

HOUSTON — One of Houston’s favourite occasions is again after the pandemic put the brakes on it the final couple of years. 

The 35th annual Houston Art Car Parade will will characteristic greater than 250 wild and wacky artworks on wheels.

It’s the oldest and largest artwork automotive parade on this planet, according to organizers.

The cell masterpieces roll through downtown and along Allen Parkway Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and tens of hundreds of persons are anticipated to line the streets to observe it.

Houston hip hop artist and hometown hero Bun B is that this year’s grand marshal. 

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“It’s an incredible factor for households and we haven’t had a number of alternatives in Houston to actually have an incredible occasion the place everybody and their household might come out and revel in it, however the artwork automotive parade goes to supply us that and I’m so proud to be the grand marshal,” stated the Houston legend when the announcement was made.

Art Car Parade route

Be ready to navigate round these street closures beginning Friday.

The parade is free however you may must pay for parking in some spots. 

Chairs are welcome however you may must get there early to scope out a spot to park them. You may purchase reserved seats here for $40.

The parade route opens at 11 a.m. 

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday within the inbound lanes of Allen Parkway/Dallas. It will head east on Bagby, north onto Smith, west onto Walker, south onto Bagby, west onto Lamar/outbound Allen Parkway and ending on the Waugh St. Bridge.

Here’s an interactive map of the parade route. Click on the icons for extra info.

There will probably be meals vehicles, drinks and restrooms alongside the route.

Other Art Car Weekend occasions 


The Legendary Art Car Ball: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This is the final word kickoff to the Houston Art Car Parade. The Legendary Art Car Ball takes place on the eve of the parade and is taken into account the place to point out off your bizarre, colourful and inventive aspect.

Click here to purchase tickets. 


Come to the beginning line celebration for stay music with meals and drinks close by as spectators anticipate the beginning of the parade. This occasion is free for all!

The HEB Kids Creative Zone is a superb pre-parade spot for households. There will probably be interactive artwork actions for youths of all ages.

HEB Kids Creative Zone: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1000 Bagby Street


Art Car Parade Award Ceremony: 11 a.m. at The Orange Show Headquarters 

Each year the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art awards over $15,000 in prize money to artists, colleges, and groups by way of a judging course of. The public is invited to return cheer on these winners whose entries have wowed and amazed the judges and the crowds.

Click here for more information about each event.

Art Car Parade historical past

“Powered by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, one of the leading folk and outsider art organizations in the country, the Houston Art Car Parade celebrates the artist in everyone and the “drive to create,” its web site says. 

Art Car Museum

Can’t make it to the parade? No worries. You can see artwork automobiles all year lengthy on the Art Car Museum within the Heights. 

KHOU 11 digital anchor Brandi Smith takes us on a tour of this Hidden Gem.


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