I attended this event last year.
It was held downtown, in June. It was around twenty degrees hotter with probably 1/5 the vendors and activities and 1/10 the attendees.
I rode down there by myself, Cindy and Skye were up in Nashville. I didn't know anybody, so I did my best to make it interesting, but it was really hot and there was no shade in sight and almost nothing going on.
This year, Atlanta Streets Alive was held right on Highland, our street. The weather was perfect. We had several friends who were participating in the event and several more who were attending. We were also invited to a pool party taking place a few hundred yards from the event. Unfortunately Cindy had to leave by 4 which gave us 2 hours, which I thought would be plenty of time.
I was wrong....
Too Much To See and Do
We hopped on our bikes and headed out.
We didn't get a hundred yards from the apartment when I spotted one of our friends from Circus Arts Institute playing in a crazy mash-up game of kickball/dodgeball . She invited us to play, but Cindy, not realizing Skye and I had stopped, was already a block ahead of us.
We sped through the crowd to catch up to her.
Meanwhile I got a call from another one of our buddies that we met in our Circus class but hadn't seen in a while who was a the festival but happened to be at the end where we would be ending up.
I figured we would pedal to where the Bike Parade was starting and then check out the various booths on the way. back.
And imagine that, one of our pals from circus class was in the band.
The street closure went further than I realized. With the crowds making cycling a slalom challenge and significantly slowing us down, we realized we were already in a time crunch.
"Atlanta Streets Alive was inspired by the ciclovia in Bogotá, Colombia, where city streets are closed to car traffic to allow people to participate in all kinds of free health and community-oriented events." A concept which I think is great and I wish would happen more often and in more cities.
One thing I'm going to miss about Atlanta is the size and accessibility. In Los Angeles, an event like this would be bound to get complicated, crowded and expensive. We have been incredibly fortunate to have been welcomed into several ":communities" ranging from the home-school crowd, to "burners" and of course our circus friends and X3-Sports family, not to mention all of those in the film business.
Things Seen and Not Seen
We had to race by booths with hula hoops, cross-fitters, Zumba dancers, as well as more than a few corn-hole set-ups.
Atlanta has a ton of festivals and events. One that I'll be sad to be missing is the Red Bull Soapbox Race.
At least I got to check out one the soapbox racers at their stand as well as a pretty cool bicycle DJ set-up.
I've always had a thing for unicorns. I know that might sound a bit odd and perhaps that would be deserved, but I like a lot of what they represent.
On that note, what started as a funny facebook comment has evolved into yet another one of my hobbies/past-times; that is unicorn sightings and there have been plenty while I've been in Atlanta.
Did you spot it in one of the videos?
The folks from Kinetic Hive set up their aerial rig and were doing demos and performances.
"Kinetic Hive is a space for workshops, classes, and events that is dedicated to community, collaborative learning, physicality, participatory fun, inspiring each other, and play."
I stumbled on the Hive towards the end of our stay, right before I started working on Revolution. We were able to make it to a couple of acro-yoga classes and Skye went to a hooping class, but unfortunately with our schedule and such we weren't able to get over there nearly as much as I wanted. It's a mere five-minute walk from the condo and has a great energy and ridiculously diverse offerings in workshops and classes and meet-ups. Maybe next time.
Our friend, Ladell Hill was there with Chuice samples. I got hooked on Chuice the first time I ever tried it and now drink it everyday. Another thing I'll miss when we leave. He'll ship it to me wherever I end up, but it's not like walking down the street and getting it minutes after they've made up a batch; talk about local and fresh.
We saw more circus folk and then Cindy had to leave to get going to Chattanooga.
Skye and I were just about to head over to the pool party when Cindy called to tell me I accidentally grabbed her car keys.