Despite what they tell you, Houston does have a spring season. It actually has two, early spring and late spring, with a subtle transition between them. The two seasons run from February through April. Among other phenomena, the two springs bring us bluebonnets, azalea blossoms, the shedding and re-leafing of live oaks, the beginning of baseball season, and the ultimate expression of all things H-Town, the Art Car Parade.
Amazingly, some people invited me to events that competed directly with the parade Saturday. I have a healthy imagination, but I can't imagine why anyone in this big small town would schedule an event at the same time as the Art Car Parade—unless it's The Event for People Who Hate Art Cars and Want to Be Anywhere Else but Downtown. I have loved them since they first became a Houston thing in the 1980s.
This entry is a bit of a hodgepodge. I deliberately did not include photos of many "iconic" Art Cars, several of which have retired anyway. I included more photos of the Zebra Krewe than perhaps I should, but the ZK has expanded into a whole flotilla of vehicles from the three they had in 2016. All told, I snapped more than 200 photos, and have included about 25 of them for your perusal here. The others are all on my Facebook timeline or my Google Photos gallery.
Longtime Harris County Green power couple Deb Shafto and George Reiter put together something very last-minute, and somehow it worked. It looked good, especially from parade-viewing distance. But, as in previous years, this was a street vehicle in a temporary disguise. Next year I hope to have an entry that is painted with a Green-related design and will stay that way. It's like that storied ham & eggs breakfast with the important distinction between the "involved" chicken and the "committed" pig—or the permanent tattoo I've never had.
See the complete lineup for this year's parade and all the prize winners. Not all the entries on those pages have photos of the vehicles at completion.
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