Lobsters Driving Down the Street

An annual Houston tradition will wind its way through the streets of downtown tomorrow. The art car parade is Houston's ode to the quirky and clever. It starts tomorrow at 1 pm on Allen Parkway. Laurie Johnson has more.

It's hard to miss the car with the dancing and singing lobsters. It's called the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir and it's...well...it's probably exactly as you imagine it.

It's one of more than 250 art cars in the parade this year. Steven Bridges with the Orange Show, the organization that puts on the parade, says art cars are all about bringing out individuality.

"It's people who don't consider themselves classically trained artists and it's about that innate drive to create that we all have as kids and a lot of us lose the older we get. And this is sort of reconnecting people with that feeling. And we have a lot of people who come to the parade year after year, and then finally one day they say I can do that. They get their friends, they get their family, their kids and it's not so important what they create, it's that they create and that is the whole purpose of the parade."

Houston's art car parade is the largest in the country. People come from all over the states, Canada and Mexico and even Europe to participate.

Hunter Mann is here from Arizona in a van called California Fantasy.

"It's a 1979 GMC van. It has 5,000 pieces of brass on it and $15,000 in coins and it's super-heavy but we have big tires and it cruises down the highway. And some police stop us and they think it's not legal, but it definitely is legal."

It may be legal, but some of this art really should be a crime...but that's half the fun of the Art Car Parade.

For more information about the parade, visit the Orange Show web site .

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...