The 25th annual Art Tougeau in Lawrence, Kansas - will be Saturday, May 23, 2020. This will be the third year that the parade will take place during the Lawrence Busker Festival. These photos were taken at the 2009 wheeled art parade and wheel-apalooza. I arrived at 11AM, as the parade entries were setting up and spent the hour before the noon start photographing and chatting with the drivers of various entries. Half of the people that I spoke with were in the parade for only their first or second time. There were about 25 motorized entries and perhaps twice as many human powered entrees on 2-6 wheels.
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 pre-parade party on Friday at 5PM.
copyright 2009-2020 by Keith Stokes