Yesterday was my first time at Houston’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. I really went to see the artist-made floats, but the whole parade sucked me in. Here’s some of what I saw.
I knew Patrick Renner and Alex Larsen made a float for the parade before, but I didn’t know they made one this year as well. Pleasant surprise. This piece, a collaboration between Renner and Larsen, was a giant Ben Franklin. He was poised at a table, ready to eat a turkey that was revolving around his head on a roller-coaster track.
I don’t know if any one artist was responsible for this float, but I thought it was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed how the train engine encased the vehicle towing the float.
I had heard about Bill Davenport’s ball of yarn, but I had to see it to believe it. It weighed a mere 600 pounds (not so heavy considering it was 12 feet tall), and was controlled by a giant herd of cats.
Other motifs from the parade included:
Costumes and uniforms and weird accessories:
Each balloon handler was given a propeller beanie.
This life-size stocking.
Red, white and blue for miles.
This questionable box of a man on a bicycle.
A cockroach riding on the back of an old fire engine.
Musical instruments decked out for Christmas:
All kinds of vehicles, of course:
And finally: Santa Claus.
also by Brandon Zech
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