Art Tougeau Parade
The Art Tougeau Parade! Saturday, June 1 | 12pm | parade car line-up BEGINS 10 am If it rides, bring it on! Ever since man noticed the phenomenon of the cornerless rolling rock he has been coming up with more ways to use the labor saving invention we now know of as the wheel. In celebration of with all things wheeled, Lawrence holds this event to honor mankind's large creative cerebral cortex, bipedal locomotion and opposable thumbs. Art Tougeau is an all-inclusive event that applauds self-expression in the medium of all things wheeled. Kick off the summer celebrating creativity and honoring the human spirit with a sense of humor. Or, just hang out and have some good, clean fun on wheels. Line up in the center lane in front of the Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire Street (between 9th & 10th Streets, parallel to Massachusetts Street) at 10:30am for registration, check-in & judging. If there are no spots left in the center, park in the metered street parking. Parade will begin around 12 noon. The route will begin at the Arts Center, roll South to 11th St, then right onto Massachusetts Street, heading North on Mass for 4 blocks, parade will turn right (East) onto 7th Street for 1 block, then another Right (heading South again) onto New Hampshire, ending at the Replay Lounge East 100 Block 10th Street 1pm. Awards, presentations and other events will commence at the Replay Lounge immediately after the parade with Block Party East 100 Block 10th and Das Fur Bender playing at the Replay from 3:00 to 5:00. Post Parade Award Ceremony immediately following the parade Park your ride and meet the parade kin southside of the Replay Lounge, 946 Mass. Don't take the awards too seriously - nobody does. A trio of judges make it up as they go in a heartfelt kind of way and figure out who deserves an award. Parade folks who were witty, inventive or heartfelt, or just did an especially good job, the trophies do not always go home with the fanciest ride. It's really all about the folks who've shown noticeable effort, creativity and inventiveness. Aside from the trophies, absolutely everyone in the parade, from the 5-year-old on a trike to the police who help mark off the streets, gets an Official Art Tougeau Parade Ribbon. Which is kind of the point.