Due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Houston, Texas the 33rd Annual Houston Art Car Parade has been canceled.
The Art Car Parade has been one of the most iconic annual events in the city. As well as one of the largest. The local parade has embraced the artistic side of Houstonians for the past 33 years. It’s showcases feature hundreds mobile works of art created by an eclectic range of artists with both self-training and professional training. These groups include student groups, non-profit organizations, and people with a gift of knowledge in creativity and the motive to create beautiful pieces of art.
The Art Car Parade has awarded well over thousands of dollars to Art Car artists and art teams. It has become one of the most valuable and inspirational art programs for schools in the Greater Houston Area.
Because of the impactful nature of the Coronavirus or COVID-19, there have been restrictions currently set in place by the City of Houston and Harris County. These restrictions are pertaining to public events.
In light of this previous news, The Board of Directors of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art have decided to cancel this year’s Houston Art Car Parade. This also includes all events that are in association with the parade taking place April 16 to 19. All festivities cancelled include the Main Street Drag, the Sneak Peek at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, The Legendary Art Car Ball, The VIPit Experience, and the Houston Art Car Parade Awards Ceremony.
Marilyn Oshman, Orange Show Founder and Chairman come out with a statement regarding the matter. She stated that, “While cancelling this year’s events was a difficult decision, we remain absolutely committed to supporting and highlighting this unique and exciting form of art. To that end, plans are already underway for a city-wide Art Car Festival to take place this summer, featuring many of incredible Art Cars that would have participated in this year’s parade.”
The festival taking place this summer will come out with event details at a later time. For more information about the Houston Art Car Parade visit their website at www.houstonartcarparade.com.
The Houston Art Car Parade has also stated they would like patrons who purchased tickets to hang tight until more information about current ticket holders comes out soon. They can expect to hear from the Orange Show soon about their purchases.