The world's largest art car parade rolled through the
fourth-largest US city of Houston Saturday, attracting an
estimated more than 300,000 spectators.
The parade, now in its 25th year, gave art car-lovers a rare
chance to view more than 300 cars of every shape and design
imaginable, from a giant Radio Flyer wagon, a rolling banana, to a
giant metal dragon, reported Xinhua.
Parade entries include anything on wheels from unicycles,
lawnmowers, to cars and go-carts. Participants are community
groups, public and private schools, professional organizations, as
well as individuals.
"The Houston Art Car Parade captures the essence of Houston's
eclectic and fun culture," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
"It is among my favourite events and one of the most unique
treasures our great city offer."
Kerri Kepler, who built her miniature ship out of a shopping cart,
said her art car was "a super fun project to work on".
The Earth, Wind and Fire car was built by art students at a local
high school in collaboration with the robotics class.
Participants were not only enjoying the process of transforming an
ordinary car into a great peace of art, they also were
participating to deliver the message that art is an integral part
of everyday life.
The Houston Art Car Parade was born in April, 1988, with a 40-car
parade seen by an estimated 2,000 spectators.
Participants in this year's parade came from across the country as
well as from Canada and Mexico.