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NFL stars to be grand marshals of Art Car Parade: Bulls On Parade (really) & Parker in a giant banana

NFL stars to be grand marshals of Art Car Parade: Bulls On Parade (really) & Parker in a giant banana

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It's all about No. 99, new Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and . . .  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Connor Barwin at the Art Car Parade. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Dan Aykroyd and Mayor Annise Parker filled the spot in 2010. This year, Parker will be crowned "Top Banana." Photo by Allen Roberson
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Lynn Wyatt was the parade's grand dame last year. Photo by Chinh Phan
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Drum roll please . . .  your 25th Annual Art Car Parade Grand Marshal is . . . 

Make that marshals. CultureMap has learned that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt — one of the NFL's emerging stars — and linebacker Connor Barwin are getting the honor in this 25th anniversary year, showing just how crazy Houston is about its Texans right now.

Watt won't ride a horse in this event as he did in the Downtown Rodeo Parade. He'll be using one of those kooky art-on-wheels vehicles to strut down Allen Parkway Saturday.

For a defensive end who's "obsessed with getting his hands up," Watt has had plenty of practice waving and making crowds roar, whether that's by stealing a football out of the air in the playoff game or with his all-American, corn-fed good looks. He'll need that when greeting the 300,000 spectators expected to line the city streets Saturday. 

Unlike Lynn Wyatt's solo show last year and funny man Dan Aykroyd the year before, Watt will share in the glory with teammate Connor Barwin, one of the funniest players in the NFL (and a force in Wade Phillips' defense). This Bulls on Parade Texan loves the spotlight, and we presume that Barwin surely will have a thing or two to say over Twitter.

As she's done in previous years, Mayor Annise Parker will also join in the motorized fashion fete.

Though out of all the possible fruits the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art could have chosen to flaunt the Bayou City's top dog, that she'll be riding on a giant banana (obvious phallus reference) is a testament that Parker has a cheeky sense of humor.

Parade officials are crowning her, "Top Banana."