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Houston’s Art Car Parade is back!

This weekend, hundreds of spectacular and quirky art cars will roll through Houston streets for the first time since the pandemic. How have Houston artists pushed this art-form-on-wheels? And what are some of the most outrageous art cars ever created?

Catherine Lu
L-R: Art car artists Rickey Polidore and Harrod Blank and art car historian Pete Gershon at Houston Public Media


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Cars covered in jewels!

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“Godfather of the Art Car” Harrod Blank and his art car “Oh My God!”

Fur-covered cars!

Cars that look like they're fire-breathing!

And over-the-top slab cars!

They're not just cars, but Art-On-Wheels. And you'll see hundreds of them at the 35th annual Houston Art Car Parade tomorrow – the first parade since the pandemic!

Houston has been at the forefront of art car culture for decades, and today we celebrate the art form and its ties to our city.

Art car artists, historians, and parade organizers from the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art join us to preview the parade and talk about all-things Art Car.


Tommy Ralph Pace

  • Executive Director of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Pete Gershon

  • Curator of Programs of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
  • Art Car Historian

Harrod Blank

  • Known as "The Godfather of the Art Car"
  • Documentary Film Maker, Art Car Artist, and Author of “Art Cars: The Cars, the Artists, the Obsession, the Craft"

Rickey Polidore

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Artist Rickey Polidore and his art car “Hermesillac”

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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