Houston, TX aka Art Car Capital of the World – The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is pleased to announce a fantastic weekend of events April 9-12, 2015 as part of the 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend! What started out as a small caravan of like-minded artists and individuals over a quarter century ago has blossomed into one of the largest and most beloved events in the city of Houston, drawing one of the largest crowds for any free public event all year. 2015 marks the first year that the Houston Art Car Parade will take place on its new permanent date, the second weekend in April – allowing for cooler and a more enjoyable experience for both participants and spectators alike.
Over the past 28 years, the Houston Art Car Parade has received national and international attention as being the premier celebration of self-expression and “the drive to create” – a representation of Houston’s unique entrepreneurial and creative spirit. This year the Houston Art Car Parade will showcase over 250 entries – many which have never participated in the parade before, as well as nearly 30 different schools and youth groups who have built new entries as part of the Orange Show’s educational outreach programs. The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art also awards over $15,000 in prize money to artists who have excelled in various categories. “The Houston Art Car Parade captures the essence of Houston’s eclectic and fun culture,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who will ride in the parade again for the 8th year. “It is among my favorite events and one of the most unique treasures our great city offers.”
2015 Houston Art Car Parade Weekend chairs Aliyya & Herman Stude, longtime supporters of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art and participants in the parade each, lead the Houston Art Car Parade committee and the over 300 volunteers it takes to put on this weekend of events. The featured art this year was created by Houston artist, historian and musician Tierney Malone and represents the whimsical spirit of the Houston Art Car Parade.
Additionally this year the Orange Show is excited to present The Legendary Art Car Ball presented by Arts Brookfield on Friday April 10th from 6-11pm at the Allen Center complex in Downtown Houston. Featuring live music on the main stage, performance art, interactive art activities, dancing, a costume pageant, food, drinks, and the wildest art cars imaginable, this is a party that is not to be missed!
A schedule of the weekend’s activities is below
Thursday, April 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 four routes throughout Houston, starting from Memorial Park and stopping 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 once they have been finalized is available online at http://www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/main-street-drag
Sneak Peek at Discovery Green with Aaron Neville
6:30pm – 9pm – 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 from legendary Grammy-award winner Aaron Neville, children’s activities, and of course Art Cars! Food and drink is available for purchase, so come enjoy an evening under the stars with Art Cars! More information can be found online at http://www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/sneak-peek-at-discovery-green/.
Friday, April 10th
The Legendary Art Car Ball presented by Arts Brookfield
6pm – 11pm – One and Two Allen Center, 1200 Smith St.
Deemed as one of the wildest parties in Houston, the Legendary Art Car Ball will take place on Friday April 10th from 6pm-11pm in Downtown Houston in the lobbies and courtyards of One and Two Allen Center. The always exciting, colorful and fun-filled party will be hosted by Artemis from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Masters of Sex,” and “Scandal,” and will feature live music from Austin’s T Bird & The Breaks, along with Moji, Free Rads 2nd Line, The Grahamaphone, DJ Kangaroo Sexy, and The Free Range Reveleers, along with performance art by Y.E. Torres, Kiki Maroon, and friends. Come dressed in your most outrageous costume and kick off Houston Art Car Parade Weekend while getting an up close and personal look at some of the most amazing, colorful and artistic art cars in this year’s parade. Make sure to strut your stuff in the Art Car Ball Costume Pageant, and nosh on specialty bites and drinks.
Food and beverage sponsors include Onion Creek Coffeehouse & Lounge, Dry Creek Café, Lowbrow Bar & Grill, Saint Arnold Brewery, Deep Eddy Vodka, Shock Top, Bayou Rum, TINCUP Whiskey, Larceny Bourbon, Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails, El Big Bad, Batanga and more. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.artcarball.com
Saturday, April 11th
The 27th Annual Houston Art Car Parade!
10am – 4pm, Parade rolls at 2pm.
For the 28th year, Houston will be home to the largest gathering of Art Cars in the world, with many coming from across the world to participate! This international phenomenon drew nearly 300,000 people from around the world in 2014 and we expect as big of a crowd this year!
The Parade itself kicks off at 2pm with art cars beginning their procession down Allen Parkway starting at Taft St. and turning at Bagby to parade back down the other side until Waugh Drive. Fans are encouraged to get bring lawn chairs, plenty of water, and cash to purchase food, drink, and memorabilia, as the cars begin lining up at 10am. Attendees are encouraged to get to Allen Parkway early in order to grab a spot along the south side of the road or inside the median.
There is something for everyone at the 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade, including:
VIPit Experience at the Houston Heritage Society – The VIPit Experience is a ticketed event starting at 12pm. Join Houston Art Car Parade Chairs Aliyya & Herman Stude at the 2015 VIPit Experience, the absolute best viewing experience of the Houston Art Car Parade. The VIPit offers shaded bleacher seating, cold drinks and tasty treats from Houston restaurants including Antone’s ‘Po Boys, The Fresh Market, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, Saint Arnold Café, Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch, Arnaldo Richard’s Picos, Good Pop, Raising Cane’s, Lillo & Ella, Fuddrucker’s, Table Nanny and more, and beverages from Deep Eddy Vodka, Bayou Rum, Pura Vida Tequila, Bloody Revolution, Saint Arnolds Brewing Company and Shock Top. In addition, hear live parade commentary from some of Houston’s best TV personalities including Ernie Manouse and the cast of Manor of Speaking on Houston PBS, Craig Hlavaty & Ky Meyer from NEWSFIX, and Katherine Whaley & Kaitlin McCulley from KTRK Channel 13. Tickets are $150 (or $25 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 10am, to mingle with the Art Car Artists and roam through the lineup of all the participating Art Cars. KPFT 90.1 will be announcing the parade as it rolls by – you’ve never been to a party like this before!
FPSF Stage at Heiner St. – FREE live music and entertainment from our friends at Free Press Houston will be kicking off at 11am, featuring some of Houston best local bands. 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 in Sam Houston Park – Bring the whole family to watch the Parade and participate in hands-on interactive craft activities with City ArtWorks and the Houston Public Library. The Kids Zone has food and drink booths and opens at 11am.
Reserved Seating at the Houston Art Car Parade – Want to make sure you have a great seat for the festivities? Reserved bleacher seating is available in front of Sam Houston Park along outbound Allen Parkway for $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.thehoustonartcarparade.com or at the ticket booth in front of Sam Houston Park.
Sunday, April 12
Houston Art Car Parade Awards Ceremony & Brunch
12pm – 3pm, Smither Park, 2411 Munger St.
After all the cars have rolled and everyone has retreated from Allen Parkway, the Houston Art Car Parade’s committee of judges reviews all of the entries and chooses the winners. The public is invited to come watch these awards be given out – over $15,000 total – while enjoying the last few hours of Houston Art Car Parade Weekend. Brunch and beverages are provided, with donations to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art encouraged.
For FAQs, parade route map, parking, directions, and all other information about the 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend visit www.thehoustonartcarparade.com
The following organizations are sponsors of the 2015 Houston Art Car Parade and Weekend: Arts Brookfield, United Airlines, City of Houston through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Houston Arts Alliance, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Shock Top, Cayman Jack, Evamor Water, Bar’s Leaks, Rislone, Ace Hardware, Free Press Houston, Texas Monthly, CW39 NEWSFIX, City ArtWorks, Pie Five Pizza Company, Universal Technical Institute, Discovery Green, PaperCity Magazine, 90.1 KPFT, Houston Public Media, Green Mountain Energy, Fresh Arts, State Farm, Bayou Rum, Deep Eddy Vodka, Pura Vida Tequila, TINCUP Whiskey, Larceny Bourbon, Bloody Revolution, Katz Coffee, KIND Bars, Low Brow Bar & Grill, Onion Creek Coffeehouse Bar & Lounge, Dry Creek Café, Event Elementz, Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, The Fresh Market, Fuddrucker’s, Good Pop, Lillo & Ella, Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, Raising Cane’s, Saint Arnold Café, The Table Nanny, and Kraftsmen Baking. Without sponsors, this free gift to the people of Houston would not be possible.
About the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Now in its 34th 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.