Sunday, October 13th, Paul and I rode bikes to the http://honkfest.org/ Honk Festival and start of the parade in Davis Square. I rode my Dutch bike, newly decorated for Autumn and Halloween and Paul rode the quadricycle, now with his old hand-pumped air horn which has been down in the basement for years. It sounds like a truck air horn. Paul rode oh-so-slow because his left knee barely bends and he has to keep sliding his left foot in order to keep his leg straight. On the other side of Harvard Square we rode along the Cambridge Common. A person walking asked if he could have a ride and Paul said yes. His name was Jim and he was a sousaphone player with the Dirty Water Brass Band. It would have been a long walk for Jim! Harvard Square is about 1 1/2 miles from Davis Square. Ah…, Paul now had a rider to do the pedaling and they flew down Massachusetts Avenue. He was a real powerhouse! We got to the two parking lots in Davis Square where the parade participants were gathering.
We paraded with SCUL pilots, a SCUL friend and our two friends, David and Elissa.
The Honk parade included street activist bands, groups broadcasting their political message to the world, stilt walkers, flame twirlers (without the fire), hula hoopers, SCUL and the family cargo bikes & bakfiets bicycling club. We slowly processed down the South-side of Massachusetts Avenue, while large enthusiastic crowds beamed. Cars stuck in traffic on the North-bound side of Massachusetts Avenue cheered and sounded their horns enthusiastically as the parade meandered along and people performed tricks and played their instuments. Along the parade route we circled around the quadricycle which Paul was riding with Steve who had three colorful spikes on the crown of his head. They were perfect parade companions. I was getting a bit dizzy circling round and round for a mile and a half. In Harvard Square October Fest was happening. Many restaurants had beer gardens, Food vendors and craft vendors plied their wares, while Street Activist bands performed throughout the Square. We had a great day! Boy my body was a bit stiff after I got home and had sat for awhile!
Post-script – Three of my photos managed to align themselves right next to one another. It just happened. I kept trying to recreate a collage effect but I finally gave up. I know it can be done and will seek help from someone who knows their way around computers. Thus what you see is not exactly the formatting I wanted but eventually I will get it down and these blogs should be much faster for me to put together.