What started as a small gathering of art cars in 1986 has seemingly grown into Houston's most visually pleasing event. After COVID-19 postponed most parade's in the city, the Houston Art Car Parade made a momentous comeback this past weekend. Organized by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the artsy car party showcased over 250 mobile masterpieces from across the country, cruising through the streets of Downtown Houston.
The 2022 Art Car Parade emphasized our hometown automobile creations – slabs, plus dozens of new and never-before-seen art cars from fur-covered designs, to bejeweled and bedazzled handiworks. And to top it off, rapper and activist Bun B served as this year's Grand Marshal.
The 35th annual celebration dedicated its grand prize to the late Ann Harithas, the Houston-based artist, curator, and collector credited with organizing one of Houston's first displays of art cars. In 1998, she founded the ArtCar Museum and left a legacy for Texas artists and creators. Chris Wollard and his "Carvid 19" creation landed him the Ann Harithas Legacy Award and a $2000 cash prize.
The parade included three first-place winners, The Waters Family's Rising Strong, The Decotoro's self-titled art car, and Kimi Bainter's Baby Yoda. While we await the dates for 2023, "cartists" from near and far can begin to prepare their ideas for an even bigger and better parade next April.
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