Tour de Fat bicycle parade is back in the City of Trees

Posted at 6:42 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-14 00:32:28-04

The spokes will be turning in numbers on Saturday with the Tour de Fat ride back in the City of Trees.

It's one of the largest pedal-powered parades in the nation. Over the years, it has generated over $450,000 for biking nonprofits in Boise.

Preparations were underway Friday at the Boise Bicycle Project for the city's lively bike parade.

And, you better believe that Jimmy Hallyburton, the executive director for BBP, has a float fit to cruise down Main Street in style. His nonprofit isn't the only one that benefits from the New Belgium tour's stop.

"If you register for the parade, that money goes directly to the Boise Bicycle Project," Hallyburton said. "If you drink a beer at the Tour De Fat, that goes straight to SWIMBA to build more trails in the foothills. And, if you buy a t-shirt or any other merchandise, that goes to the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance to create safer streets in Boise."

New this year, a parade viewing area at the Capitol City Market on the south side of Idaho and 8th Streets because there will be plenty of costumes rolling by when the parade starts at 11 a.m.

Two-wheels or not, the live music at Ann Morrison Park is for all. Plus, proceeds go to a good cause.

"We've donated over 4,000 bicycles to kids in the last eight years and a lot of that has to do with what New Belgium has helped us to create at our shop here and what they'll help us create with this expansion," Hallyburton concluded. "So, it goes so much farther beyond than just that day."

You can register Saturday morning for the parade but it's advised that you get there early.