26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend Set to Roll May 9-11, 2013

c5102a0e-3c91-4c7e-994c-26ff5ce12880Houston, TX aka Art Car Capital of the World – The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is thrilled to announce a fantastic weekend of events May 9-11, 2013 as part of the 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade! What started out as a small caravan of like-minded artists and individuals 26 years ago has blossomed into one of the largest and most beloved events in the city of Houston all year, drawing an estimated crowd of over 300,000 on parade day. 

Over the past quarter-century, the Houston Art Car Parade has received national and international attention as being the premier celebration of self-expression and “the drive to create,” and a representation of Houston’s unique entrepreneurial and creative spirit. This year the Houston Art Car Parade will showcase over 260 entries – 110 of which have never participated in the parade before, including Welsh artist Andy Hazell, whose large-scale public art installations throughout the UK have received international praise. Additionally, for the second-year famed Brooklyn-based printmaker Dennis McNett of Wolfbat Studios will be returning to Houston with his Wolfbat crew to produce another incredible interactive procession melding art and performance. “The Houston Art Car Parade captures the essence of Houston’s eclectic and fun culture,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “It is among my favorite events and one of the most unique treasures our great city offers.”

9b3ed640-1d43-440a-988e-7d7de25d0737This year, the Orange Show is excited to announce that it will be honoring four of Houston’s most prolific and celebrated artists as Grand Marshals of the parade. Each a long-time supporters of and contributor to Houston’s thriving art scene – painter John Alexander, mixed-media metal artist and political activist Gertrude Barnstone, and conceptual art duo The Art Guys. These individuals were instrumental in putting Houston on the map as a city filled with rich cultural gems and burgeoning artistic talent. They will lead the pack of art cars, contraptions, bicycle troupes, performances, marching bands, and many other exciting participants that will roll down Allen Parkway starting at 1pm on Saturday May 11th. “These five individuals have been avid supporters of not just the Orange Show and its 31 years of programming, but also of many other cultural and artistic institutions throughout Houston and beyond, and they represent an important piece of our city’s heritage,” said Orange Show Center for Visionary Art founder and chairman of the board, Marilyn Oshman. “We are excited to use this platform to honor them while at the same time exposing their lasting legacies to the public, who may not be as familiar with their work.”

A schedule of the weekend’s activities is below:

Thursday, May 9th
Main Street Drag
9am – 1pm – All over Houston
An annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend tradition, the Main Street Drag brings the parade to the people, allowing those that may be unable to attend Saturday’s parade an opportunity to preview some of the participating Art Cars, meet with the artists, and experience first-hand the “Drive to Create!” This year, the Main Street Drag will run along two routes throughout Houston and stop at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and many other locations. A complete history of the Main Street Drag as well as a listing of this year’s stops and the map of the route is available online at www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/main-street-drag

Sneak Peek at Discovery Green
6:30pm – 9:30pm – Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney
A FREE, family-friendly opportunity to get a fantastic, up-close preview of the cars featured in the Houston Art Car Parade the following day. Bring the kids for an incredible evening of live music, children’s activities, and of course Art Cars! Taking up the entire Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston, the event will feature live music fromCarolyn Wonderland, Shelley King, and the great Herb Remington. Food and drink is available for purchase, so come enjoy an evening under the stars with Art Cars! More information can be found online atwww.thehoustonartcarparade.com/sneak-peek-at-discovery-green

515481b7-f0c0-4fa5-a1ed-39c86dc522eaFriday, May 10th
The Legendary Art Car Ball
7pm-11pm at The Orange Show, 2400 Block of Munger St.
Deemed as one of the wildest parties in Houston, the Legendary Art Car Ball will take place on Friday May 10th from 7pm-11pm at The Orange Show! The colorful block party will feature live music by the one and only Vockah Redu, Austin’s own Minor Mishap Marching Band, and local acts Maximus, Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys, Halevai Klezmer Band, Production for Use, and DJ Dapper Dan.

Come dressed in your most outrageous costume and kick off Houston Art Car Parade Weekend in style while getting an up close and personal look at some of the most amazing art cars in this year’s parade. Gawk at some of the most fascinating and mind-blowing art cars on earth, including a bevy of fire-breathing monthsers. Make sure to strut your stuff in the Art Car Ball Costume Pageant, and nosh on speciality bites and drinks from El Gran Malo, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Pura Vida Tequila, Deep Eddy Vodka, Saint Arnold, and Shock Top. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/art-car-ball/.

Saturday, May 11th
The 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade!
9am – 3pm, Parade rolls at 1pm.
For the 26th year, Houston will be home to the largest gathering of Art Cars in the world, with many coming from across the world to participate! A giant banana, an enormous roller skate, the largest VW Beetle you’ve ever seen – are just a few of the over 250 rolling works of art that will be featured in this year’s parade. This international phenomenon draws nearly 300,000 people from around the world and is set to break all attendance records this year.

The Parade itself kicks off at 1pm with Art Cars beginning their procession down Allen Parkway starting at Waugh and turning at Bagby to parade back down the other side. Fans are encouraged to get there early and bring lawn chairs, plenty of water, and cash to purchase food, drink, and memorabilia, as the cars begin lining up at 9am. For a map of the parade route click here: www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/files/577

There is something for everyone at the 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade, including:

VIPit Party at the Houston Heritage Society – The VIPit Party is a ticketed event starting at 11am. Join Houston Art Car Parade Chair Don Mafrige, Jr. at the 2013 VIPit, the absolute best viewing experience of the Houston Art Car Parade. The VIPit offers shaded bleacher seating, live commentary, cold drinks and tasty treats fromThe Cajun Stop, The Counter, El Tiempo Cantina, Eleven Restaurant & Bar, Fuddruckers, Goodpop, Line & Lariat, Natachees, Snap Kitchen, Whole Foods, Deep Eddy Vodka, Pura Vida Tequila, Saint Arnolds and Shock Top. Tickets are $125 (or $15 for children 12 and under) and can be purchased online at www.TheHoustonArtCarParade.com or by calling 713-926-6368.

The Starting Line Party – Crowds are invited out to the fabulous Starting Line Party near Taft and Allen Parkway, beginning at 9am, to mingle with the Art Car Artists and roam through the lineup of all the participating Art Cars. You’ve never been to a party like this before!

FPSF Stage – FREE live music from our friends at Free Press Houston will be kicking off at 11am, featuring local favorites Disco Daddies and Bang Bangz. Put on your dancing shoes and let the music take you away! Food and drink will be available around the stage for purchase.

The Kids Zone: Retreat From the Street – Bring the whole family to watch the Parade and participate in hands-on interactive craft activities with City ArtWorks who will be making miniature Art Cars in their workshop created by IKEA. Enjoy music and entertainment from our friends at Radio Disney. The Family Fun Zone has food and drink booths and opens at 11am.

The following organizations are sponsors of the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade and Weekend: United Airlines, CW39, Shock Top, Texas Monthly, 90.1 KPFT, Houston Arts Alliance, Discovery Green, IKEA, Culturemap, Free Press Houston, Houston Public Media, City ArtWorks, Saint Arnold, United Technical Institute, Yelp, Radio Disney, Whole Foods, PaperCity Magazine, Fresh Arts, 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.

For FAQs, parade route map, parking, directions, and all other information about the 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend visitwww.thehoustonartcarparade.com

High-res images of art cars, past parades, parade route and event graphics are available upon request.
For media credentials for ticketed events during Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, visit www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/forms/media-credentials-2013/

About the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Now in its 31st year, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Houston, TX with a mission to preserve, promote and document visionary art environments, provide opportunities for the expression of personal artistic vision and create a community where that expression is valued. The Orange Show owns and operates The Orange Show monument, The Beer Can House and Smither Park, as well as produces the Houston Art Car Parade – the world’s oldest and largest event of its kind. For more information, visit them online at www.orangeshow.org. 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, The Cullen Foundation, Wortham 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 Fresh Arts.
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