Houston Art Car Parade has date confirmed

March 29, 2014 by  

The 2014 Houston Art Car Parade will take place once again this spring, featuring more than 250 vehicles from a couple of dozen states, as well as Canada and Mexico. In excess of 250,000 spectators are expected to attend.

The highlight of the event is the parade, which features cars decorated to the hilt, as well as other items on wheels such as unicycles, go-carts, and lawnmowers. Recognized artists participate, as well as people from the general public.

The Art Car Show began in 1988 after a 1967 Ford station wagon was donated to the Orange Show Foundation for an auction. Jackie Harris, an artist in Houston, transformed it into a display of mobile art. The cost was $800 for paint and plastic fruit, which was used to create the ‘Fruitmobile’. Other mobile works of art were created over the next few years, evolving into a three-day festival of fun and unusual sights.

Parade entrants often have banners across their vehicles to depict the name of the entity or person. Banner printing is a popular project for local print companies for outdoor events. Not only are the banners used on the vehicles, they can be used to direct traffic by hanging high in the air. Due to the size of the banners, they easily attract attention quickly.

The Houston Art Car parade will take place May 10. For more information, or to participate, visit the event website.