Masses of costumed bicyclists adorned in feathers, makeup, and masks rolled their way on the over four mile parade route, with many community members lining the streets to watch the procession. The parade lasted nearly an hour and a half, with the end of the parade marking the start of many concerts and acts lasting until 5 p.m.
Volunteers from each of the nonprofits, as well as many from the community, came together to assist the Tour de Fat staff build and break down the event, with many taking donations for registration or patrolling the parade to keep participating riders safe. The New Belgium event has a mantra of bringing awareness of alternative transportation and sustainability to local communities.
The Tour de Fat is a free event raising money and bicycle enthusiasm in 10 cities across the country. The tour continues next week, Sept. 6, in Denver, Colorado.
NOTE: Ric Reed is also a volunteer at KRFC 88.9 FM. Photo booth photos will be available on the KRFC website, coming soon!