Houston Art Car Parade Names Cheech Marin as Their Grand Marshal

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This year’s Houston Art Car Parade takes place downtown on Saturday, April 8. announced that the grand marshal of this year’s event will be Cheech Marin, a charismatic comedian known for his work alongside Tommy Chong. The pair have evoked stoner personas for audiences since the 70s. Now, at 70-years-old, Marin’s career is still going strong with a new book coming out this month called “Cheech Is Not My Real Name… But Don’t Call Me Chong!” that chronicles his life in comedy. notes that Marin will fit right in with the artsy art car crowd. They point out that he’s “an avid fan and collector of Chicano art. The Los Angeles native has released a handful of books on Chicano art, along with his own children’s books.”

According to their website, the Houston Art Car Parade began in 1988 with 40 cars participating about around 200 people in the audience. Now, it has exploded into a highly anticipated event with over 250 vehicles of all kinds (cars, SUVs, lawnmowers, go-carts and unicycles with over 250,000 spectators. “Community groups, public and private schools, and professional organizations have become regular participants. Inspired by what they see, spectators create art cars of their own and often become future participants. And as the parade grows, attracting more and more participants, the complexity and quality of the entries increases,” they explain.