Despite wet and gray weather, hundreds turned out for the third annual Slow Rollers Bicycle Club’s Spirit Parade in South Lake Tahoe. Colorful costumes and bikes of all different shapes and sizes rolled slowly down U.S. Highway 50 Thursday afternoon.
“We were going to be road warriors, but I threw on my yeti costume instead,” said South Lake Tahoe resident Aria Benham. “We did have to modify our costumes a little bit because of the weather.”
A light rain fell on the cyclists, but with cheers, smiles and beers rippling through the crowd, the mood was defiantly jovial. Riders young and old made the cruise from South Shore Bikes near the “Y” to Mo’s Place.
“This is done for the community,” said organizer Mark Cutright. “That’s why we continued it, to celebrate the town’s spirit for bicycling.”
Among the costumes: Tigger, a pair of fat suits, a pink-haired clown, a yeti, a frog, at least one gorilla and hippies of all order. Some carried signs that read “Vote for me for best costume.” Though no world record attempt was made, the crowd appeared to be having a world-class time just riding their bikes.
“I think it’s the freedom,” Benham said. “You feel much closer to each other. Although, it’s a cold and rainy day, it’s just such a great way for the community to come together.”