All of Boise was abuzz this week with costumed events across the Treasure Valley, from the Nampa Nickelback concert, to Ye Olde Renaissance Faire at Eagle Island State Park, to Evel Knievel-esque duds in Garden City.
At the Idaho Center in Nampa June 14, camouflage threads were the clothing of choice, according to Boise Weekly New Media Czar Josh Gross. That evening marked the culmination of BW's national attention, as the "Nickelback Kerfuffle," the viral Internet sensation set off by Gross' suggestions for better ways to spend $45, came to a close. Gross wrote: "It is important to wear camo to an event like this. Otherwise, people will see you at a Nickelback concert."
In Garden City, Boise Bicycle Project Director Jimmy Hallyburton was bedecked in red, white and blue rather than camo--one onlooker remarked that he looked like the great, great, great-grandson of the late Evel Knievel. Crooked Fence Brewing officials hosted an event to measure cyclists' longest skidmarks, put down on their parking lot pavement by burning rubber tires. Top cyclists skid almost 100 feet.
That event was part of the Pedal 4 the People festival, as was Poster Party 2012, which transformed the Oliver Russell building into a makeshift art gallery. Popular prints included local artist Craig Tanner's vintage cycling images labeled with modern text, such as "Everyday I'm Hustlin'."
Things took on a sultry vibe June 16 at the Mickey Avalon show, which BW's Copy Datatante Sheree Whiteley attended. Despite a lackluster showing from the raunchy girl duo Millionaires, Avalon delivered. According to Whiteley, "the quirky electro beats of 'Mr. Right' opened his set and provided the impetus for a bump-and-grind, fall-all-over-someone-else dance party that lasted near the stage for the duration of Avalon's performance."
A different crowd hustled over to Neurolux that night to catch Chicago band Maps and Atlases. According to Gross, "Maps and Atlases dropped complex finger-tapping guitar lines over a combination of world percussion and speed metal blast beats. Dressed up in frontman Dave Davison's almost cartoonish voice, it is an unexpectedly perfect blend that is far more than the sum of its parts."
Rounding out the week's costumed theme were the annual Ye Old Renaissance Faire at Eagle Island State Park, and the annual Boise Pride parade. On June 16, BW intern Tabitha Power caught one of two days of the medieval carnival, with festival-goers swathed in period costumes. According to Bower: "Over at the stockades, warrants were served for those mischief makers, including pirate Jack Sparrow."
Colorful clothing took center stage back downtown, as the Boise Pride parade pulled LGBT celebrities into a thousand-member march. Many sported rainbow-colored body paint or clothing, while others pulled a giant rainbow flag that required dozens of hands to stay airborne.