The 2018 Houston Art Car Parade was back on Allen Parkway after a 2 year relocation to downtown which I really wasn’t a fan of because of how cramped it was. The move back would be special on its own but it was just a few months ago that the entire area was under water after Tropical Storm Harvey so it made it extra special that Houston recovered.
As such it was fitting that the heroes of Harvey were honored in the parade. Normally at these events I focus on taking good photos but when I saw HPD Police Chief Acevedo and HFD Chief Samuel Peña heading towards me, I put the camera down and shook their hands. Words cannot express the gratitude Houston has for them. I did manage to get a photo of the other two heroes however Sheriff Gonzalez and local folk hero Meteorologist Jeff Lidner who was tireless in his efforts to inform the public of flooded areas.
Of course, the honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett were there as well
One reason why I love Allen Parkway as the location of the parade is that it gives the crowd a chance to come early and walk around and meet the drivers and see the cars up close without worrying about their spot on the route.
Once the parade started, I was kind of all over the place. This was the winning car:
I also took some videos which put together, poorly. I really need to take a video editing lesson or something. I’m taking all my videos with the Google Pixel2 phone now days because it’s a lot easier to use than a heavy DSLR and it’s easier to keep things stable and in focus.