You’ve got to see these highlights from one of Houston’s craziest parades AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
Tom Kennedy, in The Ripper the Friendly Shark, following the sixth annual art car parade in Houston, May 1, 1993. More than 200 ornamented, embellished, camouflaged and otherwise transformed vehicles from cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, lawnmowers, wheelchairs, grocery carts and costumed roller skaters participated in the parade. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Traffic is an unavoidable part of the Houston experience, so much so, locals have taken to expressing themselves by car.

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The 30th Art Car Parade rolled through downtown yesterday as part of a three-day celebration of “the drive to create.”

Evolving from an auction idea that became a parade in 1988, an estimated 250,000 Houstonians now enjoy an international display of more than 250 decorated cars each year.

And this year’s festivities were as odd and captivating as ever:

According to the event’s website, nearly anyone can participate in the parade:

Community groups, public and private schools, and professional organizations have become regular participants. Inspired by what they see, spectators create art cars of their own and often become future participants. And as the parade grows, attracting more and more participants, the complexity and quality of the entries increases.

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To help you get ready for next year’s event, check out a full history of the Art Car Parade and weekend celebration of creativity.

Giving Austin a run for their money.  Stay weird, Houston!

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