Monday, September 15, 2008

Tour de Fat Hootenanny

Life in Colorado is always full of pleasant surprises. So on a typical Saturday morning you have a fair share of activities to partake in. You can wake up hit the Boulder Farmer's Market for breakfast and some veges and go hiking, take a drive out to an Organic Berry Farm for berry picking, drive into the mountains to have a snow ball fight, or you can meet up with a bunch of melodic folks in a bicycle parade in Denver. 

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.

11 comments:

  1. very cool pictures, looks like a great time was had by all.

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  2. I never heard of that--looks like a lot of fun! Ethan is finally riding his bike, so maybe it's something we could do as a family next year.

    That was an awesome Obama photo, too.

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  3. Hasn't anyone told you that you're not supposed to look cute when you exercise?

    P.S. You look so cute!

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  4. so the husband is completely jealous, and have you seen the denver prices. we'll move in with you.

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  5. Oh, I'm so bummed we missed it. We live pretty close to City Park - and love our neighborhood by the way (Congress Park) - so it was just down the street!

    I heard that the Fort Collins one had seven thousand or so folks participating, and as many as ten thousand people watching the live footage of the event.

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  6. Fat Tire- there must be no better way to drink local! Love that stuff.

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  7. Oh I wish I would have taken the girls...instead we volunteered to walk dogs for the shelter...(they love dogs but we don't have any). I really liked the last photo...good one!

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  8. Looks like a ton of fun! Show us the properties you look at in Denver!!

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  9. This looks like so much fun. It also kind of makes my butt hurt just thinking about it!!

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  10. That sounds like a lot of fun. My friend just finished a triathlon for Team in Training. She raised $4500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It was amazing.

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