Pedalpalooza debuted in grand style at last night’s Kickoff Parade. No one got an official count but I’d guess somewhere around 150-200 people showed up.
The scene at Jamison Square in Northwest Portland was like a bike carnival. SCRAP provided plenty of decorations (even though most people showed up fully decked out already) and there was even live music.
The bikes and the people were as beautiful and wacky as ever.
Speaking of companions, it was great to see all the families in this year’s parade.
But if you think that’s the smallest bike of the night…think again. That award would go to this guy.
Check out Sprockette Lauren (a.k.a. Agent Lapis) blowing her horn while riding her xylophone-barred Schwinn. Or what about Bethany and this thing? At first I thought it was a huge flask, but it’s some sort of accordian/keyboard/horn thingy. This guy was also belting out some good tunes.
If you think playing a horn while riding is tough…how about riding high atop a tall bike and taking photos at the same time. Or, tougher yet, how about riding a tall bike with no hands at all (and while blowing a whistle!). By the way, those two talented tall-bikers are none other than recently married Morgan and Carol (AKA Roadkill Racoon and Reddish Raddish).
Paul Van Orden showed up, fresh from a trip back east. He’s the guy I profiled here on BikePortland.org when he ran as a write-in candidate for Multnomah County Sheriff in the recent elections (he did great by the way).
Finally, I leave you with Gabriel Amadeus; Zoobomber, artist, and all-around neat guy. Check out his flamingo pink, D.I.Y. style, three-wheeled, bucket seat, twin-flagged, mini-bike chopper. And he topped it off with this cool pink cape.