I was planning on skipping this year’s Art Car Parade because I go every year and it was starting to get a little stale photography-wise due to the same cars and location and as much as I like keeping a photographic record of Houston events, it’s nice to take a break now and then to keep things fresh and exciting. As it turns out, Houston’s construction on Allen Parkway did that for me and the event was moved to downtown for just this year.
As you can see, it was very crowded compared to the old location and instead of being a relaxed atmosphere where people walk around and get to see the cars, the crowd showed up early and staked their claim to a spot by the street, taking away any chance to go see the cars up close prior to the parade and still having a nice place to watch the parade.
I decided to give it a shot anyway. I like being up close more than watching from a single location anyway.
Once the parade got started, I just decided to walk back but it was a lot hard to do and in some cases the crowd was a dozen people deep. I could have just stayed in the same spot but I thought since this was the only time the parade was going to be in downtown, I could try to get photos of the parade with the backdrop of Houston buildings.
It wouldn’t be a parade in Houston without Swangas. If only they were limited to the parade.