Bowie, Prince fans battle in the streets and everyone wins (Photos)

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A partial group shot taken at Sewallcrest Park before the ride began.
-More photos below-
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night was the final hurrah of what has been a truly phenomenal month of Pedalpalooza rides. It was the annual Team Bowie vs. Team Prince ride and dancing and fun lasted well into the night. There were a ton of great costumes, several booming sound systems, a huge mass of riders that took over the central eastside, and of course, lots of dancing in the streets.

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After stops for merry-making attracted police attention (they were very nice, just probably responding to noise complaints) at Washington High School and Laurelhurst Park, we ended up in front of the Clinton St. Theater (SE 26th and Clinton). With a good number of people already at there for Phil Sano’s Bike Smut screening, and other rides like the Bike Club Vest Ride and the Flash Dance Ride converging on the spot, the group was so large it just took over the entire block.

Not surprisingly, a mass dance and street party was inevitable. Bike lights spun like disco balls, making sparkling costumes shimmer, new friends were made, and it looked to me like a good time was had by all. What a way to cap off Pedalpalooza!

Here are more of my favorite images (see them all in the gallery):

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Our fearless leader Lily!
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El Diablo!
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Pedalpalooza for the win!

Even if you missed last night, you can still enjoy some of Portland’s fun-loving and creative bike culture at the Multnomah County Bike Fair (MCBF). It starts at 2:00 pm today at SE 12th and Alder. There will be tons of live music, fun bike games, freak bikes, kids activities and crafts, local vendors of all types, and more! Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Hart Noecker
Hart Noecker
12 years ago
12 years ago
Reply to  Hart Noecker

Look at all the attractive men and women in these photographs. Perhaps it’s their bicycles that make them so appealing. One of many reasons bicycle related people flock to Portland. Trying so hard to get a job across the river and enter this amazing culture.

12 years ago
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Hart Noecker
More photos here from the Prince side of the ride:
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Hart Noecker
12 years ago
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Album is set to public, give it another try.

Gasper Johnson
12 years ago

Beautiful! J. Maus, could you please refer to the erotic collection of erotic bicycle movies as “Bike Smut”?