Fort Collins, Colo., brewers New Belgium Brewing Company will bring the all-out, costume-bike-beer party Tour de Fat to Boise Saturday, Aug. 18, for a daylong celebration in Ann Morrison Park. Festivities include live music, a parade and a two-wheeled group ride. Side effects may include a newfound love of bicycles, pictures in a ridiculous costume and a hangover.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up--and they tend to take it very seriously. This year's theme calls for "wild animal" duds.
Integral to the day's events is the car sacrifice, in which one willing participant gives up his or her car for charity. The car trader is rewarded with a tricked-out bicycle, which must be used to commute for one year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, the Treasure Valley Cycling Association and the Boise Bicycle Project.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the parade beginning promptly at 10 a.m. The party begins when the parade arrives at the Tour de Fat stage, with live music by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Sean Hayes, Yo-Yo People and Sssnakenstein.
Can't wait for Saturday? You're not alone.
A warm-up party, called Tour PRE-Fat, begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, and will take over Eighth Street between Idaho and Bannock streets for a block party with Crooked Fence and New Belgium beer sales benefiting Radio Boise. Finn Riggins, Brainstorm, Buster Blue and Ssssnake will play live music, with Radio Boise DJs spinning between sets.
Local bike shops will be on hand to help attendees make pre-parade adjustments. Buy a raffle ticket and you could score a Trek Cocoa bicycle or limited-edition New Belgium 2012 Anniversary bike.
Tour PRE-Fat: Friday, Aug. 17, 3-10 p.m., FREE. Eighth Street between Idaho and Bannock streets. Tour de Fat: Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE admission, $5 suggested donation for parade participation. Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., newbelgium.com.