Bicycling in the 2013 Honk Parade, Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts

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.Honk1 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. honk4honk3Ah…, 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.

Jim,  the sousaphone player performing with with the Dirty Water Brass Band

Jim, the sousaphone player performing with with the Dirty Water Brass Band

  We paraded with  SCUL pilots, a SCUL friend and our two friends, David and Elissa.

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan's Asylum, where SCUL"s fort (Fort Tyler) is located. Our friends and neighbors, David and Elissa, Scul pilots  Joyride and Bucky.

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan’s Asylum, where SCUL”s fort (Fort Tyler) is located. Our friends and neighbors, David and Elissa, Scul pilots Joyride and Bucky.

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan's Asylum

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan’s Asylum

SCUL pilot Bucky

SCUL pilot Bucky

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! honk6

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The meat eating hipsters is a barbeque club.  They grilled hot dogs while they paraded and handed hot dogs, rolls, catsup and mustard out to the crowd! And stick-on mustaches.

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There were two people dispensing catsup and mustard to the crowds while they paraded.

There were two people dispensing catsup and mustard to the crowds while they paraded.

The linkage holding the two hubway bikes together.

This quadricycle was used to pull the hot dog cart. It was made from two hubway bikes.

This quadricycle was used to pull the hot dog cart. It was made from two hubway bikes.

The painting house

The painting house

She was mixing paint for painting the street as they paraded.

Mixing paint for painting the street as they paraded.

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A home-made bakfiets

A home-made bakfiets

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Our friends, SCUL pilots Three Speed and YT. YT is an ace hula hooper and  performs with a hula hoop troupe. Three Speed was a Honk volunteer. Three Speed and YT bicycled to all 75 public pianos that were installed through out Boston/Cambridge/Sommerville and YT played on each one. Three Speed said, she plays very well.  Would be nice to see a video of their tour.

Our friends, SCUL pilots Three Speed and YT. YT is an ace hula hooper and performs with a hula hoop troupe. Three Speed was a Honk volunteer. Three Speed and YT bicycled to all 75 public pianos that were installed through out Boston/Cambridge/Somerville and YT played on each one. Three Speed said, she plays very well. Would be nice to see a video of their tour.

This family comes from Austerlitz, New York which is near the Massachusetts border about 175 miles from Boston.

This family comes from Austerlitz, New York which is near the Massachusetts border about 175 miles from Boston.

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SCUL pilot Bucky

SCUL pilot Bucky

 

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan's Asylum

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan’s Asylum

 

 

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan's Asylum, where SCUL"s fort (Fort Tyler) is located. Our friends and neighbors, David and Elissa, Scul pilots  Joyride and Bucky.

SCUL pilots Danimal, Bad Cat (in hat), & Steve from Artisan’s Asylum, where SCUL”s fort (Fort Tyler) is located. Our friends and neighbors, David and Elissa, Scul pilots Joyride and Bucky.

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Tibetan girls walked with their families, letting the world know about the plight of the peoples of Tibet.

Tibetan girls walked with their families, letting the world know about the plight of the peoples of Tibet.

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Harvard Square

Harvard Square

 

Harvard Square. By this point I was walking my bike. We were moving very slowly as we approached the finish. I, the SCUL Pilots and SCUL friends had been  circling  round  the quadricycle  the length of the parade for 1 1/2 miles.

Harvard Square. By this point I was walking my bike. We were moving very slowly as we approached the finish. I, the SCUL Pilots and SCUL friends had been circling round the quadricycle the length of the parade for 1 1/2 miles.

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Steve (who oversees the machine shop at http://artisansasylum.com/ and SCUL pilot navigate  the quadricycle, Double Barrel to the finish  line in Harvard Square

Steve (who oversees the machine shop at http://artisansasylum.com/ and SCUL pilot navigate the quadricycle, Double Barrel to the finish line in Harvard Square

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.

 

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About Rebecca

I am an out and about type of cyclist. I am a confident, friendly, assertive cyclist here on the streets of Boston where I have been riding bikes since 1973. I love riding my Dutch bicycle bought in Amsterdam in 2008 and my folder bicycle which has accompanied me on trips to Washington DC, New York City, a week-end on my son’s Maryland college campus, a visit to my sister in Saratoga Springs, NewYork, a visit to see my son, now living in Holland, Michigan and twenty days of cycling in the Netherlands. My husband and I are moving to the Netherlands in three years. We look forward to bicycling in the world’s best country for bicycles!
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2 Responses to Bicycling in the 2013 Honk Parade, Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts

  1. Walter says:

    It looks like a lot of fun. Did you go to the beer garden?

  2. Rebecca says:

    No we didn’t. I like to move around and see all of the street life.

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