May 10th, 2010

The Orange Show’s Art Car Parade: A Photo Essay

You want something that’s uniquely Houston and city-centric? Look no further than the annual Art Car Parade put on by the Orange Show. There is nothing quite like it out there. It is the pairing of two things that are integral to the Houston experience, driving in gridlock type conditions and creativity. Granted, when you’re stuck on the Pierce Elevated during afternoon rush hour you don’t have a throng of fans waving,  cheering you on or a serpent’s tail attached to the trunk, but that’s how it should be.


Dreamworks should have invested in “How to Soup Up Your Dragon” not the silly “How to Train Your Dragon.” Anybody can train a dragon. Even that stupid kid in the movie. Ah, youth.


Speaking of youth, I guarantee this kid will hold on to the lion backpack forever. He’ll have to try to explain to girls he brings over to his dorm room why he’s so attached to it. Not that I have any personal experience trying to explain away embarrassing keepsakes I have… Not at all.


The oft forgotten part of the food pyramid… On wheels!


You say I get three wishes? My first: I wish my car were dressed up like this.




The background reminds me of something Keith Haring would come up with. Don’t ask me why.


Now this is what I go to the Art Car Parade for…


…and this…


…and Volkswagon parts turned evil!


Not so much the “You Go Girl” theme… Is that Tina Turner in the middle?


The most post-modern of the cars. Art Car imitating artist imitating art. It seems like circular logic, but you’re wrong. It makes a lot of sense.


Johnny Cash will live on forever. Unfortunately, photographer Jim Marshall, who took this famous shot of the man in black, passed away in late March.


Men in Hats! The live, not webcomic version! One-time engagement, only in Houston.


If Ricky Bobby really wanted to go fast he would have jumped into this vehicle.


Next year, the Art Boot Parade is sure to be a success.


“Hey, honey, where did my ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ pin go?”
“It’s on the car.”
“What about my Sesame Street Count pin?”
“It’s on the car.”


Jack and Elwood. Together forever.


Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


That’s not right… There was never a girl Ghostbuster! Lacking realism! Points deducted!


Yes, this definitely takes the cake as the best Art Car.

— The Loop Scoop


David — Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:27 pm

You can’t go wrong with a Ghostbusters anything, you just can’t.

But a Mexican doesn’t qualify as taking the place of Winston.

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