Now, knowing us, we would have easily taken part in any of those activities on Saturday, but the Bicycle Parade trumped them all. On Saturday the second annual Tour de Fat took place in Denver City Park complete with a six mile bicycle parade through the streets of Denver, with Denver Police Escorts. How cool is that?
About 500 of us, hopped on our bicycles and toured through major intersections with the automobile traffic in queue, thanks to the Denver PD. Now this bicycle parade isn't just any parade, it's a melodic gathering of very unique characters. The goal of the Tour de Fat is to get your freak on, embrace your quirkiness, and laugh! We picked up a second hand Tag-A-Long for Sj, even though she is riding solidly with out training wheels, six miles in a crowd is a bit much to ask of a five year old. Plus, she was gawking at all the costumes through the entire event, I kept thinking about how she would've crashed at least a hundred times trying to get a closer look at those zooming by her in costume.
The event was a fundraiser, sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, most famously know for their Fat Tire Beer. They operate out of Fort Collins, where the Tour de Fat has been held for years. After the parade, we joined in the crowd for some lovely vaudeville style performance arts and mingling with some pretty open minded delightful folks. Can't wait for next year.
Here are some photos from the festivities!
Sj and J bottom left corner enjoying the parade!
A very kind stranger snapped this action shot of us!
This is a glimpse of the uniqueness of the folks!
Approaching the Denver Capitol Building, look at all those bicycles!
This is one of my favorite photos from the day. I took it while riding my bicycle. In the background is the billboard for SoldiersFace an art exhibit that's traveling around the country, with the stark contrast of a colorful Obama 2008 t-shirt.
I must confess after the bicycle parade paired with a night out on the town with some fellow Denver bloggers on Friday, I came home and did some property searches in Denver. You know, I was curious. Just planting a seed.