Tour de Fat Was a Wild Circus in Logan Square

New Belgium’s traveling bike and beer fest didn’t let a sticky afternoon and a muddy venue slow down the madcap fun.

Stage at Tour de Fat   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

A morning of nonstop rain gave way to a hot, sticky Saturday afternoon for New Belgium Brewing’s traveling Tour de Fat. The brewery’s party overtook Palmer Square (just off Kedzie in the southern chunk of Logan Square) for the day. It was a toast to bikes and beers, which went on in grand style in spite of a messy, muddy setting and threatening storms.

There was a definite circus vibe going, from the performance by madcap marching band Mucca Pazza to the confetti-filled “blowing up” of an effigy of a car. (Tour de Fat is pro-biking, anti-combustion engine; to drive this point home, they awarded a fancy new two-wheeler to a guy who pledged to go carless for a year and traded in his automobile.)

Some attendees came in costume, and others just coated themselves in mud. Everyone enjoyed plenty of New Belgium’s offerings. 

Here’s what we saw when we swung by.

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