Thursday, May 22, 2008
Bay to Breakers 2008
SOOOOOOO much fun. For those of you who don't know, Bay to Breakers is an annual, 7.5 mile race which started waaaaay back in 1912. Participants fall into two distinct groups: Racers and everyone else. The racers are as you might expect...lithe, swift Kenyans and the like. The rest of the participants come in all shapes and sizes. It's basically an excuse to wear a costume (or none at all! waaaaay too many naked men) and drink. Essentially, it's a city wide party with 60,000 people.
There are always lots of interesting costumes. I liked the group of Imperial Stormtroopers, complete with a TIE-Fighter Pilot. There's also a group of people who wear fish hats and pretend like they're salmon swimming upstream...they go against the flow of traffic. A bold move. In addition, there are tons of floats and lining the streets are house parties, DJ's spinning music, clusters of friends who hang out and drink (at 7AM!) and a motley assortment of other activities. Anyhow, just watch this video...it'll give you some idea of what's going on:
I can't wait for next year!