Almost three decades ago, Houston’s first Art Car Parade took place featuring 40 art cars and seen by around 2,000 spectators. Year after year, the formative roadside attraction/exhibit from the Orange Show evolved into a formidable celebration of passionate auto-engineering with an exponentially growing presence.

This past weekend marked the 29th Annual Art Car Parade, met with a crowd of around 250,000 attendees and 250 cars coming in all across the country. Long gone are the days of niche crowds and fans, as this year’s parade shut down Downtown’s Smith Street and City Hall on Saturday, April 9 for the parade route and supporting festivities. This year’s latest lineup of inventive art car pieces lent the city towards progressive futures where a marriage of mechanical engineering and free-form artistic design isn’t only encouraged, but celebrated on its streets.

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