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Rolling along

Decorated wheels drive Art Tougeau parade

April 29, 2001

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If you're planning on going to the Art Tougeau parade, 14-year-old Paulownia Clark says you'd better bring your sunglasses.

Light reflecting off the car decorated by Clark and a dozen other youngsters with the Pelathe Community Resource Center is sure to make you squint.

Youths from the pelathe Community Resource Center hang out in the
car they have decorated with CDs. They will enter the car in the
Art Tougeau parade, which begins at noon Saturday in downtown
Lawrence.

Youths from the pelathe Community Resource Center hang out in the car they have decorated with CDs. They will enter the car in the Art Tougeau parade, which begins at noon Saturday in downtown Lawrence.

"We glued CDs on like scales (of a fish)," said Paulownia, a Central Junior High School student. "We covered it completely, except for the headlights, windows and door creases."

Paulownia said the silver CDs used to decorate the Pelathe center car mostly promotional discs for free hours on America Online and other Internet services were donated to the center.

Gary Smith, a Lawrence photographer and the center's artist-in-residence, suggested the youngsters use the discs to cover the car as an entry in the Art Tougeau parade.

"It's kind of cool," 11-year-old Jeremy Mireles said, adding that he hopes to ride in the car during the procession.

Art Tougeau, which starts at noon Saturday, begins at South Park, 1141 Mass., moves north on Massachusetts Street and crosses the river to end at the Lawrence Visitor Center/Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.

The parade features anything with wheels that can move at 5 mph, such as decorated cars, trucks, bicycles and lawnmowers, Rollerbladers, skateboarders and the weirder, the better. The fee is $15 per entry. However, children can participate for free.

The Pelathe center's car won't be the only shiny entry in the parade.

The entry "Oh Bird-Snuffy" makes its way through downtown Lawrence
during last year's Art Tougeau parade. "Oh Bird" was sponsored by
the Peer Support group of Independence Inc. and featured a car
covered in oak tree mulch and a trunk full of garbage.

The entry "Oh Bird-Snuffy" makes its way through downtown Lawrence during last year's Art Tougeau parade. "Oh Bird" was sponsored by the Peer Support group of Independence Inc. and featured a car covered in oak tree mulch and a trunk full of garbage.

Jean Ann Pike, administrator of the Lawrence Social Service League, said she will be driving her glitter-covered car again.

"I will be re-glittering the El Camino," she said with a laugh. "It takes a good 40 hours to do."

Pike, one of the parade's coordinators, said about 40 entries are expected this year, including "Pirates!" from the Lawrence Arts Center and Free State High School students; "Chain of Fools," a mass of chained-together bicycles by Garnett resident Eric Farnsworth; and "Princess Chariot," a decorated stroller with young riders by Susan Kang.

Past entries, many of which will return Saturday, include a Norsely refrigerator car and trailer, the Van Go Boat, a wooden bicycle, a wrought-iron Volkswagen and "Ad Astra," a Ford Escort covered with trophies that is owned by Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones.

An after-the-parade party, featuring the award-winning documentary "Leo Beuerman," will begin at 1:30 p.m. at 1031 N.H. The Lonesome Hobos will play from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and an avant-garde film festival will be presented by Christie Brandt at 3 p.m.

Proceeds from Art Tougeau will go to the Social Service League, an organization founded in 1888 that operates a thrift store at 905 R.I. and provides other community services.

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