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Forget Dan Aykroyd: Lynn Wyatt signs on as Grand Marshal of the Art Car Parade

Forget Dan Aykroyd: Lynn Wyatt signs on as Grand Marshal of the Art Car Parade

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Lynn Wyatt takes the lead as Grand Marshall of the Orange Show Art Car Parade. Lynn Wyatt , Sanford Criner Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
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2010 Grand Marshall Dan Aykroyd was joined by Mayor Annise Parker on the streets of downtown. Photo by Allen Roberson
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The art car street scene is a serious switch from the charity benefits that Lynn Wyatt frequents. Photo by Paul Sedillo
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Lynn Wyatt takes the lead as Grand Marshall of the Orange Show Art Car Parade. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Lynn Wyatt is already practicing her "royal wave" and contemplating the perfect costuming for her zaniest role of the social season — Grand Marshal of the Orange Show Art Car Parade.

"How much fun is that! I've never been a Grand Marshal," she said, laughing at the thought.

La Wyatt, Houston's leading lady of international flair and fashion, will take the lead in the annual parade on May 22, only four days after chairing the 40th anniversary of Rothko Chapel at tony Houston Country Club. In this social 180, she'll take to the streets — in one of the parade's splashier mobile artworks — with thousands of folks who have an appreciation for the fun that is the Art Car Parade.

"I think these people are so creative. I'm so amazed at the designs that they come up with every year from these inspiring artists," she said.

Wyatt will be following in the footsteps of Dan Aykroyd, who filled the role last year while in town promoting his Crystal Head Vodka. Others who've held the Grand Marshal post include funk meister George Clinton and Kinky Friedman.

When first approached with the idea, Wyatt graciously declined. "I said no, no, no." But Orange Show founder and good friend of Wyatt, Marilyn Oshman was just too persuasive and persistent. "Well, I agreed," Wyatt conceded.

Today, she's actually looking forward to her first foray in the spotlight on a parade route. The Art Car Parade — which routinely reports crowds approaching 300,000 — will be spotlighted even more this year because it's the opening event for the American Association of Museum Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, a high-profile conference that will bring more than 5,000 museum professionals from 55 countries to Houston.