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Today we celebrated our annual Fort Collins Tour de Fat, where over 20,000 cyclists dressed in outrageous costumes and rode in a bicycle parade through the streets of Fort Collins. This event, sponsored by our own New Belgium brewery was an opportunity for people of all ages to dress their most rad and show off their cycling skills (or not). Tour de Fat is mostly just fun, but it was spawned by our own New Belgium Brewery to celebrate cycling as an efficient and low energy form of transportation as well as a way to raise funds for local bicycling groups.

I wanted to take photos, so I deferred the excitement of riding in the parade, but Peter and I did ride our bikes into town to view all of the goings on. As we got closer to the parade route, we encountered people dressed in their favorite costumes and many who had also made costumes for their bikes, so we rode along with them before finding a spot to watch. When we got to the parade route, there were so many people on the road waiting to start, that it took almost 30 minutes before anyone was able to move forward. We scoped out a prime spot to see the start and finish. Costumes ranged from Sir Lancelot to Carmen Miranda and everything in between. But I think the most popular theme was tutus and butterfly wings.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Mario

Some amazing tall bikes – I don’t know how they managed to stay on these in this crowd.

The bike costume was great in this one.

Ride of the Valkyrie

Eyeball Man

Then I loved the group efforts:

Here’s a dragon bike

Santa’s sleigh

A group of garden gnomes

And Running With the Bulls.

After the parade, we walked through Civic Center Park and enjoyed the main stage entertainment and exhibits. Sorry, no photos of this as I used up my camera battery shooting all the costumes. It was a fun day!

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