Houston’s iconic 'art cars' are back on parade this weekend and the weather couldn't be better
The more than 30-year-old Houston tradition was paused for 2 years because of the pandemic
HOUSTON – A Houston tradition is back this weekend after a two-year hiatus fueled by the coronavirus pandemic – art cars.
The Art Car Parade Weekend runs from April 7-10, but the big event is Saturday’s parade that sees fantastic works of mobile art cruising through downtown.
Art cars are vehicles that are more than just tricked out. These cars are paintings, sculptures and mosaics all on wheels. Some are traditional and others are downright zany.
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The Houston parade got its start in April 1988 when 2,000 people turned out to stare in amazement as 40 art cars traveled through the city. By the following year, the parade size doubled, and the crowd swelled to tens of thousands of people, according to thehoustonartcarparade.com.
Today, the parade features more than 250 vehicles from 23 states, including bicycles, unicycles, lawnmowers and go-carts. Entries from Canada and Mexico are also part of the modern-day parade. About 250,000 people attend the festival each year.
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The weather couldn’t be better for this year’s Art Car Parade. Sunny skies and springlike temperatures in the mid-70s to lower 80s are expected throughout most of the event. It'll be a bit breezy in the afternoons with winds between 5 and 15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph.
For parade day Saturday, expect abundant sunshine and warm temperatures in the lower 80s.
Clouds will increase a bit on Sunday, the final day of the festival. Winds will increase, but temperatures will remain warm.