Art Tougeau
Wheeled Art Parade

C/O 1621 New Hampshire Street 
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
(785) 832-8689 or (785) 393-1068

Noon Saturday May 27, 2023

The parade route is New Hampshire and
Massachusetts between 7th and 11th Streets.

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Art Tougeau Parade - Lawrence, Kansas
Art Tougeau Parade
Art Tougeau Parade - Lawrence, Kansas

Art Tougeau wheeled art parade and wheel-apalooza in Lawrence, Kansas will be Saturday, May 27, 2023. The first year I attended, there were about 25 motorized entries and perhaps twice as many human powered entrees on 2-6 wheels. The parade doesn't start until noon, but if you stop at the Lawrence Art Center a 11AM, parade entries will be setting up and it is a great time to photograph and chat with the drivers of various entries.

In recent years, Art Tougeau is held during the fun, 4 day Lawrence Busker Festival.

In 2009, my favorite self propelled entries included a shark, dragon and giant fish. While the motored art included Tirezilla, a flying saucer, the three unit "Don't worry - be happy," and a folk art masterpiece from Wisconsin named Claire. Several of these cars have been in Art Tougeau before.

Art Tougeau is a lot of fun - a grassroots art festival on wheels. I've been there twice now, and wish I could attend every year.

There is also a Street party and Art Car show off at 10th and Mass on Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Art pickup truck in Art Tougeau parade

Ian Paterson peddle powered Art Tongeau entry
Ian Paterson and "Dos Dragon Von Autobahn"

Bottle cap car with propeler
This car is decorated with bottle caps and the propeller spins

Flying saucer driven by Pat Slimmer, a big Art Tougeau parade sponsor and promoter.

Retta Backus riding "Maggie's Happy Fish" leading a group of self propelled wheel art

Nick Schmiedler mud art car
This mud covered car is driven by Nick Schmiedler - this is his third year in Art Tougeau

Art car Cadillac in Art Tougeau parade
Pat Slimmer's "The Chalkboard Cadillac" is a play on calling a big old car a "boat."
Children and passers by helped decorate the car with colored chalk before the parade.

Fishing from a Cadillac

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