Tutus and Brews: Tour de Fat

Tour de Fat participants go all out this year Photo By: Jessica Whitehead

Tour de Fat participants go all out this year
Photo By: Jessica Bruner

The streets surrounding Civic Center Park in Fort Collins were rivers of tutus, florescent overalls, bright wigs and bicycles yesterday at the 14th annual New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat. The festival drew the attention of over 20,000 attendees all dressed in crazy costumes coming out to have a little fun with beer, bikes and bemusement.

This party on wheels was free to attend and featured great brews by New Belgium Brewery, a costumed bike parade, live local music, creative games, activities and street performers. All the proceeds from beer, merchandise and donations went to a foundation that makes U.S. cities better places for bicycle riding.

“Fort Collins is so bike friendly, and we can thank New Belgium, in part, for that,” said parade participant, Riley Spencer.

Families look forward to Tour de Fat every year Photo By: Jessica Whitehead

Families look forward to Tour de Fat every year
Photo By: Jessica Bruner

Tour de Fat proved to be a great time for people of all ages. The bike parade welcomed bikers of all skill levels.

“We look forward to this event every year, and we love picking out the theme for our costumes every year,” said Karen Grant, who went with her husband and kids, ages four and seven. They dressed up like the avengers this year.

New Belgium practically started on the seat of a bicycle when founder, Jeff Lebesch, toured around Europe on a “fat tire” bike. While he was there he developed a great taste for beer and inspiration to start making his own beer.

Parade participants show their enthusiasm Photo By: Jessica Whitehead

Parade participants show their enthusiasm
Photo By: Jessica Bruner

From a home brew in his basement, to multiple breweries that are continuing to expand across the U.S. Lebesch still reaches back to his roots; the seat of a bicycle. Tour de Fat aims to raise awareness, and make cities more “bike friendly.” It certainly made it’s statement this year and the festival goers can’t wait for next year.

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