Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Rincon Bicycle Parade

April 30 is Rincon Day, here on Bonaire. For the last seven years, the following day, May 1, is the "Parada di Baiskel di Antaño." Each year the organizers honor one of the senior citizens of Rincon who still rides their bicycle on a regular basis. This year's event honored Mr. Benedicto Benito Bernabela, who is 79 years old. And yes, he did ride with us. There were over 150 riders and hundreds more spectators along the winding route, and at the closing ceremonies. There were prizes for kids and for adults in various categories, such as folkloric dress and bicycle decorations.
There were also categories for unusual and creative bikes, like this one.

Check out the size of that speaker stack. My trusty Suzuki Samurai purred like a Lexus as I drove back to Hato, but it was actually temporary hearing loss. :)

Here is a wide angle shot of the start/finish area at the Sentro de Bario as people started to assemble for the ride.
I have also posted a short video from the event on YouTube. Check out the brief glimpse of an amazing moving bicycle sculpture about 16 seconds into the video clip.

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