Houston NORML’s Activism ‘Gets Artsy’ at Houston’s Art Car Parade

Houston NORML has participated in Houston’s internationally acclaimed Art Car Parade for over 8 years now, and we are pleased to say that this year was our best showing yet!

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The 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade that took place on April 11, 2015 featured a variety of beautiful, unique, and extravagant vehicles all competing to be the most majestic of them all. Houston NORML, unfortunately, did not win the grand prize award, but we did, however, win big in regard to community outreach!

This year, Houston NORML featured three cars in the parade: the Veteran’s Freedom Jeep, the Houston NORML Anti-prohibition Enforcement SUV, and, last but not least, the Free the Weed Jail Truck. All were big hits and sparked up some great conversations between Houston Norml activists and Houstonians enjoying the parade, even Houston Mayor Annise Parker gave our vehicles a ‘thumbs up’ as she drove by.

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Our participation in this year’s parade took weeks of preparation and we could not have done it without the help and support of all the Houston NORML members who showed up to march with us in the parade. We would like to give a special thanks to Christopher Sum for organizing our involvement in this event, Alan and Kim Staton for helping build our crowd pleasing Jail Truck/use of their truck as well as Jason Miller and Eugene Mayes for allowing us to use their vehicles

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Special Statement from Deputy Director of Houston NORML, Christopher Sum: Another successful community outreach event! I just wanted to thank all that made it and those who were involved in the planning and organizing. Great Job! As for the parade, there was a lot of positive feedback with our presence. I want to say, more positive than negative. I believe we reached out to a lot of Houstonians. Our main goal was community outreach and to inform the public and help change the current stigma of marijuana use. The Houston Art Car Parade is an event I really enjoy and it is something unique about H-Town. We look forward to next year!

To see all the pictures from last weekend’s art car parade, click here.

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