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The Houston Art Car Parade Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry, including up un til the start of the event.

All entries must be suitable for family viewing.

All entries must be decorated, embellished, augmented, or otherwise decked out!

All motorized vehicles must have a fire exhinguisher in the vehicle (at least 10BC)

All entries must work. Please be sure your entry is in good working condition, has enough gas, fluids, etc.
All events are rain or shine, please plan accordingly.
Entries cannot be taller than 13'.

If your entry is not street legal, you can tow it / bring it on a trailer and there will be a place at the parade to leave support cars and trailers.

If there is fire/pyrotechnics involved, you must get prior approval from the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to use them at any time before, during, or after the parade or any Houston Art Car Parade Weekend sanctioned events.

Your vehicle needs to be able to sit in the sun and idle for a few hours as the parade is slow moving and relatively long.

If you are a commercial entry (promoting a business) there is a diffferent fee structure. Please contact

All wheels must have rubber. No metal shall make contact with the street.

It is illegale to throw or launch ANYTHING from your entry.

Proper vehicle registration and insurance is the responsibility of the owner.

Only licensed drivers are allowed to operate motorized vehicles during judging, staging, and parade.

Any individual standing on top of a vehicle during judging, staging, and/or parade must be secured with safety harness or support bar.

What is an Art Car?

Art Cars or art mobiles usually begin their lives as an older or used vehicle (car, truck, van, bus, jeep, golf cart, etc.). The owner of the car decides they want to alter their automobile, not necessarily converting what's under the hood (unless it is a lowrider.)* but instead transforming the exterior/ interior of the car. To what degree and how this transformation is made is entirely up to the imagination, skills and resources of the car owner.

There are a variety of ways to make an Art Car:

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  • Some people approach the alteration of their cars cautiously and tentatively, opting to use materials of a temporary nature, such as paper and tape;
  • Some are satisfied with the original shape of the car and decide to simply paint it, treating the vehicle as though it were a canvas;
  • Some people glue thousands of similar or dissimilar objects to their automobile;
  • Some decide to radically change the original structure of the vehicle so that it in effect becomes a moving sculpture; Some use a destructive approach, removing things from the outside of their cars, exposing the inside;
  • And others employ a totally radical approach, removing the existing frame and building their car a brand new frame.

Teachers, get your class involved - make an art car!

There are lots of reasons why your class would consider making an art car. For information on how to submit an Art Car for your school or non-profit, contact Rebecca Lowe at or call 713-926-6368.

  • They participate in community events (parades) and traditions, and thereby become part of that community. By participating in these community events they also develop a greater sense of pride in themselves, their schools and their immediate community.
  • Their concept of the world expands beyond the bounds of their immediate community.
  • They learn to concentrate and pay attention to details.
  • They learn to have pride in their accomplishments as a group and as individuals.
  • They learn to set long term goals and then achieve the satisfaction of reaching those goals.
  • They master problem solving skills and develop discipline.
  • They discover the value of teamwork.
  • They develop a greater understanding of conflict resolution and compromise.
  • They learn to appreciate the freedom of expression a project of this nature provides.
  • And most importantly, they gain a greater sense of self.
As an educator, you know that when a children develops these skills, they can rule the world, have fewer discipline problems, take pride in themselves and their work and become better students.