Of Quirk and Ingenuity: Why the Art Car Parade is the perfect expression of the Houston experience
The Art Car Parade is coming up this Saturday. Here’s my post on the last year’s!
The 25th Annual Art Car Parade has come to a close, and it was the largest and perhaps the most fabulous one ever. I think I say that every year, but I have lots of company in bragging about this one.
I’ve loved the Art Car Parade ever since I stumbled upon it during an International Fest in the early ‘90s and especially after being dragged into it and pulled aboard Tom Kennedy’s bus sometime thereafter.
The parade is a fantastic display of quirk and ingenuity, a perfect metaphor for Houston—a city it took me a long time to love.
The Back Story
Our family moved to Houston in 1986, during that horrible recession. I was 15 and living in the close-in ‘burbs. It was a neighborhood rapidly and uncomfortably becoming ethnically diverse and less affluent. It’s since become even less desirable.
Houston was big, sprawling, pock-marked. Several times…
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