Art Bike Parade

On the heels of the annual Art Car Parade earlier this month, Houston is gearing up for another event aimed at showcasing the city’s creative diversity.

The inaugural Houston Art Bike Parade is set for May 21, according to a news release from the Houston Parks Board. Born out of the spirit of the Art Car Parade, the free day-long celebration will feature a parade of art bikes created by more than 3,000 students from more than 100 Houston ISD schools, according to the news release.

The May 21 event is a partnership between the parks board, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art (OSCVA) and HISD. It was initially slated to debut in May 2020, the release said, but got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The students of HISD are creative, and like the Art Car Parade, this is another opportunity for them to show off their skills,” HISD Superintendent Millard House II said.

The event kicks off at MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Rd., at 9 a.m. An hour later, participants will join up with the parade to ride along an organized bike route that will take them past Brays Bayou Greenway and MacGregor Park to the OSCVA campus at 2401 Munger St.

Before and after the parade, there will also be a range of activities throughout the day, according to the release.

“This wonderfully unique event called for multiple sites to showcase the beauty and diversity of our city,” Houston Parks Board president and CEO Beth White said. “We look forward to experiencing Houston’s creative spirit at MacGregor Park, Brays Bayou Greenway and The Orange Show.”

Registration for the festivities is encouraged, the release said, but not required for participation.

More information on the Art Bike Parade can be found at www.houstonartbike.com. Houstonians who are interested in participating in the parade portion of the event are encouraged to register online by May 15.

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