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The Main Street Drag presented by H-E-B is the first official event of Houston Art Car Parade Weekend and famously one of the art car artists' favorite parts of all four days. Organized by the Houston Art Car Parade Volunteer Committee, the Main Street Drag is an opportunity for art car artists to travel to locations across Houston and visit with individuals that may not have the opportunity to attend the actual parade. Schools, nursing homes, developmental centers, hospitals, and other  similar institutions are stops along the five miniature parade routes.


2024 Main Street Drag Routes

Galleria Area

Tanglewood Middle School

The Hallmark

River Oaks Elementary

Lighthouse of Houston

Medical Center Area

Horn Elementary

Poe Elementary

Texas Children's Hospital

Methodist Hospital

Meyerland - North

Lovett Elementary

Kolter Elementary

Seven Acres

The Medallion

Meyerland - South

Brazos Tower / Bayou Manor

Parker Elementary

Red Elementary

Imani Elementary

East End

Carrillo Elementary

Gallegos Elementary

Tijuerina Elementary

The Center for Pursuit

Southeast Area

Sanchez Elementary

Ortiz Middle School

St. Augustin Catholic

DeZavala Middle School

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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 around 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 multiple separate caravans, making organized stops at a variety of schools, hospitals and community centers, seeing more than 30,000 people.

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