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THE MAIN STREET DRAG

THURSDAY APRIL 11, 2024

9AM-1PM

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.

 

2024 Main Street Drag Locations TBD

If you are interested in having the Main Street Drag come to your school, nursing home, hospital, or developmental center, contact us at oranges@orangeshow.org 

 

2023 Main Street Drag Locations Visited:

BakerRipley House

Brazos Tower / Bayou Manor

Carillo Elementary

Davila Elementary

Deady Middle School

Gallegos Elementary

Harvard Elementary

Heritage of Meyerland

Hogg Middle School

Horn Elementary

Kashmere Gardens Elementary

Kipp Academy

Kolter Elementary

Lighthouse of Houston

Love Elementary

Lovett Elementary

Northside High School

Osborne Elementary

River Oaks Elementary

Sanchez Elementary

Southmayd Elementary

St. Luke's Day School

Texas Children's Hospital

The Center for Pursuit

The Hallmark

Generously sponsored by

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HISTORY OF THE 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 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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