The Main Street Drag



Bringing the parade to the People!

The Main Street Drag 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.

2022 Main Street Drag Locations Visited

Black Middle School

Brazos Tower / Bayou Manor

First Steps Montessori @ St. John's

Harvard Elementary

Horn Elementary

KIPP - Explore

Lighthouse of Houston

Lockhart Elementary

Lovett Elementary

Oak Forest Elementary

Poe Elementary

Project Chrysalis Middle School

Rise School

River Oraks Elementary

Southmayd Elementary

St. Luke's Day School

Texas Children's Hosital

The Center for Pursuit

The Hallmark

Tiejerina Elementary

Travis Elementary

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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 8 separate caravans, making organized stops at 32 schools, hospitals and community centers, seeing more than 30,000 people.