Houston’s Prize Art Car Draws National Attention — and Major Media Love: Scenes from the Parade
Rebecca Bass's Purple Reign stole the show at Houston's Art Car Parade.
Fins and Needles" by Shadow Creek High School, Courtney Werden, teacher.
Monsour Taghdisi takes the wheel of Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford's Amblin.
A Cadillac kicks everything off.
"Boney Whipman" by Andy Hazell
"Char Car" by Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford
Little Shop of Horrors-inspired fun.
Houston Grand Opera's big mouth.
A Day of the Dead-inspired ride.
Eye see you.
Marilyn Oshman, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Cheech & Natasha Marin
Celine Jules, Janay Brooks, Inyez Soniat
Chair Glen Larner, Maddox Larner, chair Tracy Larner
Ashley Langley, Jayme Cox
Betsey Wolff, Roberto Anaya
Boby Kalloor, Hannah Underwood
Cheech Marin, Lynette Wallace
Derrick Shore, Walt Zipprian, Ernie Manouse
Rocky Mafrige, Melissa Mithoff, Don Mafrige Jr.
J.T Copelande, Austin X Silva
Jackie Wallace, Bass Wallace, Barbara Hinton
Jennifer Smith, Julia Robinson
Lisa Hayes, Shelley Rice
Lynn Mathre, Arne Johnson, Sue Payne
Marks & Barbara Hinton, Susanne Theis
Mills-McCoin, Rain Halbert
Terry Wayne Jones, Don Mafrige Jr., Jay Jones
Valerie & Lance Rosmarin
Penelope & Lester Marks hold court.
Perched upon a bleacher inside the rarefied air of the VIPit tents (truly the best way to experience Houston’s famed Art Car Parade), one could look out and gaze upon all 250-plus art cars with ease, without having to fight for space alongside the general parade route. Given the choice to sit in the shade during a Houston spring Saturday, sip cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka, enjoy libations from Saint Arnold’s, and nosh upon the finest foods from Picos’ delicious Mexican fare, Antone’s po boys, Fluff Bake Bar goods, Hugo’s, Lee’s Creamery, Tacodeli, and even Raising Cane’s, why choose anything else?
You could run into comedy great and big-time art collector Cheech Marin (this year’s grand marshal) alongside wife Natasha, holding a delightful novelty art car “doobie.” Marin mingled amidst a crowd that included Mayor Sylvester Turner, Orange Show founder Marilyn Oshman, parade chairs Tracy and Glen Larner, and many more.
The onslaught of art cars was truly dazzling, overwhelming even, but if pressed Rebecca Bass‘s Purple Reign, a fun, beautiful ode to Prince and Sheila E., was the biggest standout (the art teacher at Heights High School’s art car won the Mayor’s Cup, the show’s top prize — and even garnered national attention in the Wall Street Journal to boot). Also loved was a cadre of Little Shop of Horrors-inspired vehicles, a clever Trump-parodying car that featured birds (symbolic of the president’s Twitter habit), the Houston Grand Opera’s floating mouth car, and of course, a trio of slabs whose wheels prominently poked out, trunks popped, playing (presumably edited versions of course) of Houston hip-hop.
A free family-friendly time, one of Houston’s signature events in its 30th incarnation was a day to remember — grabbing the spotlight of a Twitter Moment, even.
The Art Car players: Orange Show president of the board Lynn Mathre, Valerie and Lance Rosmarin, Terry Wayne Jones and Jay Jones, Don Mafrige Jr., Melissa Mithoff, Rocky Mafrige, Ashley Langley, Ernie Manouse, Austin Silva, comedian Mills-McCoin, Penelope and Lester Marks, Jackie Wallace, Dusti Rhodes, Lindsay Rae, Glasstire‘s Rainey Knudson and Brandon Zech, Saint Arnold’s Betsey Wolff, Roberto Anaya, and Susanne Theis.