Tour de Fat 

Friday, Aug. 19-Saturday, Aug. 20

Cure your Tour de Fat pre-party hangover at the early morning bike parade. Or skip it and drink more beer.

Cure your Tour de Fat pre-party hangover at the early morning bike parade. Or skip it and drink more beer.

Twas the night before Tour de Fat, and all through the land, people prepped costumes and oiled kickstands. And down on Eighth Street, there arose such a clatter--of fixies and frankenbikes--it made hearts pitter-patter.

Tour de Fat, the annual New Belgium-sponsored beer-and-bike-tacular, is like Christmas for cyclists. Which is why this year, in addition to the Tour de Fat activities on Saturday, Aug. 20, locals will also celebrate Tour de Fat Eve with a big bikey bash. On Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m., Eighth Street between Bannock and Main streets will be shut down for a custom, classic, fixie and frankenbike show. In addition, there will be live music, New Belgium beer specials, carnival-style game booths, raffles, bike-tuning stations, community bike awards and a photo booth, where a BW photog will snap prom-style shots of you and your ride.

Then on Saturday, with wacky hats and streamers gleaming, costumed Tour de Fatters will congregate at 9 a.m. at the fountain in Ann Morrison Park for parade registration. The parade will meander around the downtown area from 10-11 a.m., before returning to Ann Morrison for a beer-soaked afternoon. Musical jams will be provided by The Daredevil Chicken Club, The Dovekins, YoYo Squared and The Pimps of Joytime. The festivities wrap up with the annual car-for-bike trade and the beer stops at 4 p.m.

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