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2008 Houston Art Car Weekend Schedule
Friday, May 9
Join us for the official start of Art Car Weekend as caravans of Art Cars visit more than 20,000 people, who otherwise may not be able to experience the Parade, stopping at children’s hospitals, schools and community centers to spread smiles and the creative spirit. More than 80 Art Cars participate in this outreach program. The Main Street Drag begins and ends at the Continental Club.
Get your first look at the new Art Cars for 2008 and see some of your favorites from years past. We’re closing down Munger Street for an old school block party with an Orange Show twist! Enjoy food, drinks and live music at the party on the street then stop inside the monument for the Shop Talk Art Car symposium. Live performances by Young Mammals and Hearts of Animals, music from DJs Ceeplus Bad Knives and PRKL8R, firecracker hats and illuminated Art Cars add to the fun.
Saturday, May 10
The official party of the Houston Art Car Parade offers the absolute best view and features a deluxe picnic lunch from some of Houston’s best restaurants, bleacher seating, gift bags and fun family activities. Delicious bites and delights provided by Armando’s, Monarch at Hotel ZaZa, California Pizza Kitchen, Sweet Leaf Tea and more. In addition, Amy’s Ice Cream and St. Arnold’s Root Beer will be there to make ice cream floats!
Tickets for the VIPit Party are available for $125 per person and children 12 and under are $15 with each adult ticket. Also available are Art Car Angel packages, 10 for $1,000. The party is destined to sell out so advance purchase is encouraged. Complimentary parking is located at 401 W. Dallas and in the Metropolitan Garage at 340 W. Dallas. The VIPit Party is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Proceeds go to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to defray Art Car Weekend expenses, guaranteeing that the parade stays a FREE gift to the City of Houston. Tickets can be purchased by calling 713-926-6368.
• 21st Annual Houston Art Car Parade, Starts at 1 p.m. along Allen Parkway
Watch as more than 250 wheeled wonders turn concrete into a colorful canvas that celebrates the artist in everyone! The mobile masterpieces will motor down Allen Parkway in the world’s oldest and largest Art Car Parade, the Houston Art Car Parade. The Parade begins at Allen Parkway and Taft and ends at Eleanor Tinsley Park after looping around the Heritage Society. Plenty of viewing space is available along Allen Parkway between Taft and Bagby. In addition, Ricky’s Rickshaw Rides will be pedaling up and down the Parade route to take parade-goers to all the hot spots.
• Party on the Green – 3 – 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney
Sponsored by Capital One
After the parade, join us for the “Party on the Green” – the official awards ceremony and after-party at Houston’s newest downtown destination, Discovery Green. Enjoy live music by The Defenestration Unit, get down to DJ Little Martin spinning tunes and browse one-of-a-kind creations being sold by the artists. Thanks to our generous sponsor Capital One, over $10,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to Art Cars in 14 categories. See if your favorite Art Car takes the prize when we announce the 2008 Parade Winners at 6pm.