Countdown to Parade Day:

Main Street Drag


In 1991, the Orange Show brought acclaimed art car artist David Best to Houston to collaborate on an art car with a University of Houston sculpture class. He and Houston artist Paul Kittelson staged an impromptu procession of art cars the day before the official parade TheOrangeShow_MayorWhite.jpgaround the city's 610 Loop.

The pre-parade art car convoy was such a success that in 1992, the Orange Show formalized the pre-parade event as the Main Street Drag, a caravan from the Astrodome at the South end of Main St. to the North Main barrio. In 1993, with the involvement of the Texas Children's Hospital, the Drag began to include the Texas Medical Center. It has grown into 8 separate caravans, making organized stops at 32 schools, hospitals and community centers, seeing more than 30,000 people.


In 2018, the Main Street Drag will take place on April 12th from 9am-1pm.

Exact parade routes and stops will be added closer to the date!


Thanks for feeding our artists and volunteers!

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