Durham, N.C. — New Belgium Brewing Company's 14th Annual Tour de Fat – an afternoon of parades, music, beer and bicycle fun – is coming back to Durham on Saturday.
The event kicks off with a bicycle parade through downtown Durham, leaving from Diamond View Park. Everyone is welcome to join, and fun costumes are encouraged. There is a $5 suggested donation to participate in the parade, but it is free to watch.
After the parade, there will be live music from He's My Brother She's My Sister and Those Darlins, along with games and activities for people of all ages. There will, of course, be New Belgium beer available for those over 21, including the popular Fat Tire brew and the company's summer’s seasonal, Rolle Bolle.
Tour de Fat is an afternoon of eclectic fun and entertainment which supports the bicycling community. All of the proceeds from beer and merchandise sales at the event benefit three local cycling organizations: The North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance, the Triangle Spokes Group, and the Durham Bike Co-op.
The Car to Bike Swapper event is much anticipated during the Tour de Fat. One person will step forward, trade in their car keys and pledge to live car-free for one year. Swappers are awarded a stipend to purchase a bike and "achieve rock star status," according to New Belgium. If you're up to the challenge you can apply and read more on their website.
Registration for the parade starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, and the ride starts at 11. There will be more entertainment after the parade ends from 12-5 p.m.