Get revved up at the 2016 Houston Art Car Parade

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Dive into to Houston at its wackiest at the can’t-miss 29th annual Houston Art Car Parade, traveling down on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Delight to more than 300 stunning cars, bikes, skaters and motorized critters as they travel through Downtown. With 300,000 spectators, it’s the largest parade of its kind in the world. The parade itself starts at 2pm and lasts about two hours. But there’s a full half day of parties leading up to it.

The Starting Line Party gets going at 11am, when the public is invited to mingle with parade participants and art car creators. Expect informal music, nutty costumes and friendly spirits. Click here for the full schedule of festivities Saturday.

Houston Art Car Parade Route

Courtesy of the Houston Art Car Parade

Due to construction the 29th Annual Houston Art Car Parade will be moved from its usual route along Allen Parkway into Downtown. The parade will begin, running along Smith Street, from Pease Street to Walker Street, making a left turn at Walker Street, and then a left onto Bagby Street, ending at Lamar Street. This is a temporary route, as the parade plans to return to Allen Parkway in 2017 once construction is completed.

The public is invited to watch the parade anywhere along the parade route. There will be beverage stations, food trucks, gift shops, restrooms and entertainment scattered along Smith Street, with major groupings at Smith and Pease Street, Smith and Polk Street, Smith & Lamar Street, and Bagby & Lamar Street (in front of Sam Houston Park) where reserved seating is available.

Click here for more information on the Houston Art Car Parade 2016, including parking, access for people with disabilities, allowable items and other goodies.

And leading up to the parade, don’t forget to check out the Legendary Art Car Ball 2016 on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Houston Art Car Parade 2016

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.