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Houston Art Car Parade
May 10, 2008

Houston, Texas a.k.a Art Car Capital of the World (April 11, 2008) – Picture this: downtown Houston, 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and rolling down the street comes a line of decked-out, bedazzled, shiny, glittery, spiky, spunky, totally outrageous Art Cars. No, the cars in downtown Houston aren’t always like this; but this Saturday is different. It’s the 21st Annual Houston Art Car Parade – otherwise known as the world’s most colorful traffic jam.

The award-winning Parade is produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, an organization that preserves and promotes visionary art environments and provides opportunities to discover and celebrate the artist in everyone. At the biggest and best (and first) Art Car Parade in the world, the Orange Show and media partner the Houston Chronicle invite all to take in the sensational sights and sounds of things that don’t normally seem possible… be ready for everything from a wedding cake on wheels to a giant opera-singing Viking woman.

“After more than 20 years of Art Car excitement, the Houston Art Car Parade is still a wonderful Houston event that so many people look forward to every year, and we are proud that it takes place in our great city,” said Mayor Bill White. “This amazing display of artistic expression truly is a gift to the City of Houston and shows the wonderful culture that sets Houston apart.”

This year, artists from more than 15 states including Texas will participate in the Parade, and show off some amazing moving-masterpieces. Last year’s grand prize winners came from across the country, from California to New Jersey and everywhere in between.

Artists have gone above and beyond this year with more than just a few outrageously exciting Art Cars. Prepare yourself for a tribute to Houston great, Marvin Zindler, – an oversized Marvin head, complete with trademark blue sunglasses, will be pulling a kitchen with “Slime in the ice machine!” Also in attendance will be a giant “genie in a bottle” with a slew of skating “Jeannies” surrounding the car. And make sure you don’t miss the traveling “Phone Car” with a horn that sounds like a phone ringing off the hook.

Parade day excitement kicks off at 11 a.m. with the VIPit Party at the Houston’s Heritage Society and all the Art Cars lined up down Allen Parkway at the Tailgater. The two-mile Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Allen Parkway and Taft and ends at Eleanor Tinsley Park.

As a special treat, Ricky Rickshaw Rides will be patrolling up and down the Parade route offering parade-goers a lift to different hot spots up and down Allen Parkway. Make sure to check out all the action along the route at:
• Eleanor Tinsley Park for the Burt’s Bees Facial Mobile Spa, Beer Concessions and a Red Bull Tent featuring refreshments and a DJ station
• Houston Heritage Society for the VIPit Party (ticketed event)
• Discovery Green for the Party on the Green

The Parade is just one of the many exciting events happening during Houston Art Car Weekend 2008 (see attached sheet). Don’t miss Main Street Drag on Friday, May 9, when 80 jaw-dropping Art Cars visit children’s hospitals, local schools and community centers around the city to inspire fans who may not otherwise be able to experience the Parade. This year the event starts and ends at the Continental Club (3700 Main St.).

The Sneak Peak Party will take place on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art (2402 Munger St.). The Orange Show is closing down Munger Street for an old fashioned block party with an Art Car twist! All are invited to enjoy food, drinks and live music and entertainment at the party on the street, and then stop inside the monument for the “Shop Talk” art car symposium.

A new event this year will take place directly after the Parade, so make plans to stick around for the Art Car Awards Ceremony, otherwise known as Party on the Green, sponsored by Capital One, at the newly-opened Discovery Green. It will feature live music and entertainment plus artists selling their creations. The party will begin immediately following the parade, at 3 p.m. This year’s winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes going to the best Art Car creations in 14 categories.

For more information, visit or call 713-926-6368.

Stephen Bridges, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
713-926-6368 or
305-804-8703 (mobile)

Katie Butler, Vollmer Public Relations
713-970-2100 or
713-446-6944 (mobile)


Houston Art Car Weekend, produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art:
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art preserves works of extraordinary imagination and celebrates the artist in everyone. Funding is provided in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, Lester and Sue Smith Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, Wortham Foundation, Joan Hohlt & J. Roger Wich Foundation, Silver Eagle Distributors, Ann and James Harithas and Marilyn Oshman as well as private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance. The Orange Show is a member of the Fresh Arts Coalition.

The Houston Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation and is the nation’s seventh-largest daily paper with daily circulation totals of 554,783 and the eighth-largest paper on Sundays with circulation totals of 737,580.

In addition, the following organizations are sponsors of the 2008 Houston Art Car Parade and Weekend: Capital One Bud Light, Texas Monthly, Local2- KPRC, Continental Airlines, 90.1fm KPFT, Starbucks, Vollmer Public Relations, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Art Car Museum, Burt’s Bees, Sweet Leaf Tea, Opportunity Houston, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Gulf States Toyota, Houston Arts Alliance, Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department and the City of Houston through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Without sponsors, this free gift to the people of Houston would not be possible.

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