By now, you likely know the components of tomorrow’s Tour de Fat, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing: convoy to parade at Yards Park, register or check in for parade, show off (safely and slowly, of course!) in the parade, arrive at Yards Park, tap beers, enjoy entertainment, gawk at costumes other than yours, celebrate!
(Tour de Fat will pack up at 5 p.m., but not before a finale of epic proportions.)
Here’s the most accurate itinerary we’ve got:
10-11 a.m.: Parade registration at Yards Park (pre-register for the parade here!)
11 a.m.: Parade leaves Yards Park
12 p.m.: Parade returns to Yards Park, beers are tapped, and festivities begin
12 p.m.: Scot Nery Show
12:20 p.m.: Honeymoon Cabaret
1 p.m.: Slow ride
1 p.m.: The Moth storytelling
2 p.m.: Stunt Pepper dance contest
2 p.m.: YoYo People
3 p.m.: Car-for-bike trade
4 p.m.: Beats Antique, headliner
5 p.m.: Finale!
We suggest arriving early for the parade registration; you’ll skip the lines and have the chance to purchase your beer tokens early so that when you arrive back at Yards Park, you can beat that rush. Stay late for the grand finale. Don’t forget your ID if you want to drink. Stay hydrated (there will be plenty of stations to fill up your water bottle) and keep your blood sugar up (stop by any number of local food trucks or check out the new restaurants that have cropped up in Yards Park since last year). Put on a kick-ass costume—last year’s will be hard to beat. And bring your friends and family: Tour de Fat might be sponsored by a brewery, but there’s lots of stuff to keep kids entertained.
All proceeds from Tour de Fat will benefit local bike advocacy: WABA, Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, and Phoenix Bikes are this year’s beneficiaries. Buy beer, buy T-shirts, buy memberships, or stuff some cash in a jar—it’ll come back to the groups who are working hard to make bicycling in the D.C. region better.
We can’t wait to see you (in costume!) on Saturday.