Tour de Fat: Beer, bikes and bemusement

Costumed attendees waited in line to park their bikes. Lines for parking lots were much shorter.
Batala Washington is a female percussion group that plays Afro-Brazilian and samba-reggae music. The group provided entertainment and a beat for dancing throughout the day.
The women of Batala led people around the event in an improvised conga line.
New Belgium put a humorous twist on typical beer tokens with "beer tokens of affection." The Tour de Fat participants purchased tokens, which could be redeemed for beer throughout the day.
New Belgium staff sold beer in tents across the park.
As temperatures rose, the beer tents were swarmed by thirsty bikers.
Wigs, wings and spandex were the most popular costume elements.
Festival-goers remained in high spirits despite the heat -- the cold beer helped a bit.
A BicycleSPACE employee and his mobile speakers drew attention from the crowd.
Nacho Libre and Duff Man were among the many pop culture costumes at the event.
The day included several performances, from comedians to musicians.
The Le Tigre sideshow tent offered air-conditioned puppet show performances. On a 90-plus degree-day, this tent was popular with children and adults, alike.
A biker sports a vibrant, patriotic Mohawk wig.
Bike decorations, like this sock monkey-flower combination, were popular among Tour De Fat bikers.
Musical skits on the main stage entertained attendees in between events.
No shirt? No problem. Some people beat the heat by painting on their costumes.
Bikers shared beers with hot Tour De Fat volunteers.
Road signs directed people towards the festival grounds at Yards Park.
Decorated helmets stood out above the crowd.
Unusual outfits were not just accepted -- they were encouraged.
Even Waldo came out of hiding for the Tour De Fat.
Nationals pride was even sported at the bike and beer event. A festival attendee dressed in a Jason Werth jersey.
Sales tent volunteers took a break from selling Tour De Fat apparel. Proceeds from local vendors went to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Black Women Bike DC.
Participants dressed as wrestlers take a break from the day's events.

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