Houston rap legend Bun B having the best month of his life.
He just made history with his epic H-Town Takeover at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as Houston’s first black male headliner (read our review of the big night here) which featured a who’s -who of Houston hip-hop. Speaking of rodeo, Bun got his start there with his fan-favorite Trillburgers. This weekend, he presents an intimate Rock the Bells show on Sunday, March 27.
Now, Houston’s unofficial mayor will lead the city’s official tribute to all things automotive and daring. Bun B will serve as Grand Marshal of the 35th Annual Art Car Parade, the organization announced. The beloved parade takes place downtown on Saturday, April 9, the signature event of the annual Art Car Weekend (April 7-10).
“It’s a great time to be Bun B in Houston,” the local icon noted with a laugh at the Innovation and Community Center Lion, where the announcement ceremony took place. “It’s great for families, and we haven’t had a lot of opportunities in Houston to really have a big event where everyone and their families could come and enjoy it, but the Art Car Parade going to provide that to us and I’m so proud and honored to be the Grand Marshal of 2022.”
Other luminaries and celebrities who hosted the iconic parade include Dan Aykroyd, JJ Watt, Cheech Marin, The Art Guys, Annise Parker, Kinky Friedman, Lynn Wyatt and George Clinton.
To that end, Bun B (born Bernard Freeman in Port Arthur, Texas) more than deserves the title. The rhyming pioneer encouraged the Southern and Texas rap movement as a founding member of the seminal duo Underground Kingz with fellow emcee, the late Pimp C. He sold millions of albums and became a pop culture phenomenon, sharing his wisdom and insight on music, politics, film, catering, car culture, sneaker culture, academia and social justice (witness his work on the march from downtown George Floyd).
“I can’t think of a better person to serve as grand marshal for the 2022 Art Car Parade,” said Mark Sullivan, Co-Chair of the 35th Annual Art Car Parade Weekend. “Bun B and the Orange Show have united to speak collectively of the unique spirit of Houston, which celebrates diversity, individuality and artistic expression. I can’t think of anyone more on the mark for Houston’s most treasured parade than our most beloved Global Ambassador, and I can’t wait to see him roll around downtown in a bright car with the top down, the spinning rims and the slow, low, bangin’ music.
Fittingly for a trill, parade hosted by Bun, this year’s event will feature over 250 cleverly designed cars and a large contingent of ‘slow, loud and bangin’ slab cars – much like the ones Bun B rolled out on rodeo land during its cover show.
Other new attractions include more than 100 new and never-before-seen art cars from around the country, such as cyclists, groups of cyclists and skaters, wheeled contraptions, bejeweled roadsters and custom-built classics. measure, as well as fur-covered, metal-modified vehicles, fire-breathing varieties, according to a press release. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.