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Houston Art Car Parade Set For Saturday Afternoon

The 30th Houston Art Car Parade gets underway tomorrow afternoon. This event has grown from a small group of like-minded individuals making a statement on the streets, to a celebration of personal artistic expression.

It’s really the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, with several events that began on Thursday. Tonight, there’s the Art Car Ball at Hermann Square at City Hall. But it all culminates with Saturday’s Art Car Parade at two p.m. This year’s Grand Marshal is comedian Cheech Marin from Cheech and Chong.

 

It’s really the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, with several events that began on Thursday and a Friday evening Art Car Ball at Hermann Square at City Hall. But it culminates with Saturday’s Art Car Parade.

This year’s Grand Marshal is comedian Cheech Marin from Cheech and Chong. He was a voice in the Cars movies, and is also an avid collector of Chicano art.

“I like well-painted pieces of art. And you can see the people have talent, they have technique.”  

Jonathan Beitler is with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts.

“You talk to any art car artist and they’ll say that they have this inherent need to build art cars.”  

The parade begins at 2 pm  on Saturday, but there are other events that precede the parade. 

The Starting Line Party at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Smith and Pease precedes the parade. The entries will be lined up preparing themselves for the parade, which will then roll at 2 p.m. Entries will travel north on Smith, taking a left onto Walker at City Hall, a left onto Bagby and then a right onto Lamar, passing by Sam Houston Park before ending at Sabine Street.

“Well, we invite the public out around 11 a.m. to come to the Starting Line Party, the intersection of Smith and Pease. The entries will be lined up preparing themselves for the parade, which will then roll at 2 p.m.”

Beitler says the best place to view the parade is anywhere along Smith Street. It will wind around Tranquility Park. 
Some 250 cars are taking part in this year’s event from all over the country, Canada and Mexico.

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