Art Tougeau
Wheeled Art Parade

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

Noon Saturday May 25, 2024

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"

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

Wheeled sail boat
SS Tommy Boy sail boat

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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