Wackiest Party Of Year

Houston's wackiest party of the year: Crazy costumes and wild rides rock the Art Car Ball

Houston's wackiest party of the year: Crazy costumes rock Art Car Ball

229 David Robertson and Kimi Bainter at the Art Car Ball April 2015
David Robertson and Kimi Bainter. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
265 Y.E.T. and Nick Tvegan at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Y.E.T. and Nick Tvegan. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
263 Xan White and Deanna Longo at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Xan White and Deanna Longo. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
260 Susan Schulz, from left, Elizabeth Neison, Susan Biederberg and Carl Gudarian at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Susan Schulz, from left, Elizabeth Neison, Susan Biederberg and Carl Gudarian. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
255 Ralph Ullrich, from left, Harbeer Sandhu and Beennie Jowman at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Ralph Ullrich, from left, Harbeer Sandhu and Beennie Jowman. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
250 Nancy Lauritsen, from left, Belinda Crimmins, Shannon Abernathy and Kortnie Landry at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Nancy Lauritsen, from left, Belinda Crimmins, Shannon Abernathy and Kortnie Landry. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
244 Laurinda Lin, left, and Lisa Lin at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Laurinda Lin, left, and Lisa Lin. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
240 Honey Moonpipe, July St. Jennifer and Madam Debra at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Honey Moonpipe, July St. Jennifer and Madam Debra. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
238 Hessed Honstein, left, and Niabi Ariel at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Hessed Honstein, left, and Niabi Ariel. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
237 Entera, from left, Angela Moore, Laura Roark and Mark Lies at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Entera, from left, Angela Moore, Laura Roark and Mark Lies. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
234 Dominique Masera, from left, Justin Manalansan and Adrienne DiRaddo at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Dominique Masera, from left, Justin Manalansan and Adrienne DiRaddo. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
232 Derika Srivastava, left, and Crystal at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Derika Srivastava, left, and Crystal. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
228 D.B. Wilson, Perry Gallatin and Pearl Harper at the Art Car Ball April 2015
D.B. Wilson, Perry Gallatin and Pearl Harper. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
227 Courtney Azizeh, from left, Kristi Odom Nicole Strine and Ben Dover at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Courtney Azizeh, from left, Kristi Odom Nicole Strine and Ben Dover. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
226 Catherine Murphy and Warren Couper at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Catherine Murphy and Warren Couper. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
224 Carol Vassell, from left, Joshua Vassell, Dominic Vassell and Elaine Barker at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Carol Vassell, from left, Joshua Vassell, Dominic Vassell and Elaine Barker. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
223 Caitlin V. Neal and Packy Saunders at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Caitlin V. Neal and Packy Saunders. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
221 Brandi Bowers, from left, Joel Moms and Kiersten Clingman at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Brandi Bowers, from left, Joel Moms and Kiersten Clingman. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
217 Allan Rodewald Christine Mill and at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Allan Rodewald and Christine Mill. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
229 David Robertson and Kimi Bainter at the Art Car Ball April 2015
265 Y.E.T. and Nick Tvegan at the Art Car Ball April 2015
263 Xan White and Deanna Longo at the Art Car Ball April 2015
260 Susan Schulz, from left, Elizabeth Neison, Susan Biederberg and Carl Gudarian at the Art Car Ball April 2015
255 Ralph Ullrich, from left, Harbeer Sandhu and Beennie Jowman at the Art Car Ball April 2015
250 Nancy Lauritsen, from left, Belinda Crimmins, Shannon Abernathy and Kortnie Landry at the Art Car Ball April 2015
244 Laurinda Lin, left, and Lisa Lin at the Art Car Ball April 2015
240 Honey Moonpipe, July St. Jennifer and Madam Debra at the Art Car Ball April 2015
238 Hessed Honstein, left, and Niabi Ariel at the Art Car Ball April 2015
237 Entera, from left, Angela Moore, Laura Roark and Mark Lies at the Art Car Ball April 2015
234 Dominique Masera, from left, Justin Manalansan and Adrienne DiRaddo at the Art Car Ball April 2015
232 Derika Srivastava, left, and Crystal at the Art Car Ball April 2015
228 D.B. Wilson, Perry Gallatin and Pearl Harper at the Art Car Ball April 2015
227 Courtney Azizeh, from left, Kristi Odom Nicole Strine and Ben Dover at the Art Car Ball April 2015
226 Catherine Murphy and Warren Couper at the Art Car Ball April 2015
224 Carol Vassell, from left, Joshua Vassell, Dominic Vassell and Elaine Barker at the Art Car Ball April 2015
223 Caitlin V. Neal and Packy Saunders at the Art Car Ball April 2015
221 Brandi Bowers, from left, Joel Moms and Kiersten Clingman at the Art Car Ball April 2015
217 Allan Rodewald Christine Mill and at the Art Car Ball April 2015

Stepping into Allen Center on Friday night for the "legendary" Art Car Ball was akin to Alice stepping through her looking glass into Wonderland. The indoor/outdoor party scene blitzed right through reality into the wacky world of lighted art cars and costumed partygoers reveling in an other-worldly atmosphere.

Close to 2,000 Art Car fans poured into Allen Center for the party blast that featured everything from a tattooed belly dancer to lighted hula-hoop girls in tutus. Arts Brookfield — the creative side of Brookfield Properties which owns Allen Center — and the Orange Show, Art Car Parade originator, lined up a non-stop sea of talent to keep the mermaids, drag queens, Star Wars characters and other bizarre creatures entertained.

Close to three dozen of the cars that would be in Saturday's Art Car Parade were on display in the courtyard that links the three Allen Center skyscrapers and along the drive in front. (Note for 2016: It's the best party bargain of the year with tickets around $30 for a totally madcap night.)

Keeping the crowd moving were Free Rads 2nd Line, DJ Kangaroo Sexy, T Bird & the Breaks, Moji, Freerange Revelers, Y.E. Torres & Kiki Maroon. Food stations from downtown eateries fueled the party energy.

The party crowd included Terri and Andy DiRaddo, Xan White, Diana Longo, Dominique Masera, Justin Manalansan, Adrienne DiRaddo, Catherine Murphy, Warren Couper, Allan Rodewald and Christine Mill.

Check out CultureMap's video of the party here.

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