Cow Parade is an international public art event featuring cows created by local artists. Some of the artists are famous, and some aren’t, both professionals and amateurs.
The cows decorate the city streets. The first Cow Parade was in Chicago, in 1999, and the second one in 2000 in New York City.
I was fortunate enough to see both of them. Since then, Cow Parade went international, with events in the UK, Portugal, Latvia, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa, and many, many more.
There has been a Cow Parade in 79 cities world wide.
In 2016, I got to see Cow Parade a third time, in San Luis Obispo. All of the cows pictured here were in SLO, photographed by yours truly (well, except for the ones I’m in, of course).
At the end of the Cow Parade in a city, the cows are auctioned off and money is donated to various charities. (All information provided came from their website.)
Some of the cows are also made into figurines which people (including my mom) like to collect.
I think this is a really cool project, and I hope to continue to see more cows on parade!