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Colorful cows hit Austin streets

Michael Barnes
Allison Gregory is one of the artists who decorated a CowParade statue. She calls her work 'Parting with Picowsso.' You can find the cows throughout Austin and at the Long Center preview party tonight.

You played with the giant guitars. Now pose with the painted livestock.

CowParade, the first such populist art project, originated in Chicago. It has arrived in Austin after scattering fiberglass bovines through dozens of cities worldwide. For the next few weeks, you'll encounter locally decorated strays in unexpected places. Through sponsorships and auctions, the cattle also help raise money for charity, in this case the Superhero Kids fund at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas (

Today, you can peek at a few motionless mammals during the official CowParade Austin Preview Party at the Long Center. The public is invited to join sponsors, partners and artists from 7 to 9 p.m. on the center's skyline-framing City Terrace. The Long Center is at 701 W. Riverside Drive.

After that, keep an eye out for as many as 100 cows in plazas, on street corners and elsewhere in Central Texas through October.