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The Houston Art Car Parade - Part 1

Sulaiman Alquraishi from Saudi Arabia attended the 1999 Houston Art Car Parade. He writes about the crazily decorated cars and the people he saw there.

Houston parade
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The Houston Art Car Parade is one of the biggest art car parades in the world, and the 1999 parade was one of the biggest ever.



Photo: Thomas Peters
Owners of the decorated cars try to create a crazy, funny atmosphere for all the people who come to watch the the parade.


Tennis ball car

Photo: Thomas Peters
The car owners worked hard to
decorate their cars which were
works of art that sometimes
didn't even look like cars.

The Houston Art Car Parade is one of the biggest art car parades in the world, and the 1999 parade was one of the biggest ever. The first art car parade in Houston was held in 1987. There were just a few beautifully decorated cars, and most of the owners were Mexican-American.

The parade is a big event in Houston. Owners of the decorated cars try to create a crazy, funny atmosphere for all the people who come to watch the the parade. On Saturday, April 17 early in the morning, they started lining up their cars downtown.

People who came to watch also came early to see the cars before the parade started and to talk to the artists who created the cars. This year there were about 250,000 spectators!

The car owners worked hard to decorate their cars which were works of art that sometimes didn't even look like cars anymore.

There were all kinds of participants in the parade this year, from one that looked like a dolphin (Dusty the Dolphin) to one that looked like an airplane to one covered with 70,000 postage stamps. Some were pulled by roller blades and some were electric powered.

I talked to some of the owners, and they told me they spent hours and hours on the cars and are always working to make them better.


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