By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,
If you are in the know in Atlanta, you’ve likely heard of Bert’s Big Adventure. You probably also know that Bert Weiss of Q 100’s Bert Show started Bert’s Big Adventure in 2002 to offer an annual, memorable experience to children who endure chronic illness. Well listen up, my shrewd know-it-all friend. What may be news to you is that last year an exciting fund-raiser now known as The Atlanta Moon Ride was implemented to support Bert’s Big Adventure. The inaugural ride featured over 600 riders having a blast and raising money for a very worthy cause. See for yourself what the excitement is all about:
The successful Atlanta Moon Ride is now in its second year and, as Bert has said himself, promises to become an Atlanta institution. Now, we all know that when something is to be an Atlanta institution, it means a fabulous hello is in order from the LGBT community. Actually, it seems there were costumes last year, so how is it even possible that we’re late to this party? I digress; we’re here now. Let’s talk about what we need to be doing to be prepared, shall we?
This year’s ride is scheduled for Friday, June 13th. Don’t panic. There is still time for us to register and secure our places among the pack. Let’s really show the streets of Midtown Atlanta what it means to have the LGBT community show up to support a cause. Registration is simple and can be completed online. Even better, registration is a crazy affordable $25 (although there is an opportunity to make an additional donation to Bert’s Big Adventure at registration…so, dig deep into those bike shorts and dig out all that loose change, honey).
Oh, and did I mention costumes? You and I both know that where there are costumes, there must be a costume contest. So, let’s just settle down and get to it. The prize for the best costume is a one-night luxury stay at the W Hotel Midtown with Pool Cabana (fruit plate, champagne, flat screen – sorry, cabana boy not included) and dinner for two at Trace. Side note, ladies and gents – a full moon is already predicted for the evening of the ride, so you may feel free to keep yours covered. I am as disappointed as you are, but let’s focus on the mission at hand.
After the ride: while the 6.5 mile loop both kicks off and culminates at Park Tavern, riders are also invited to an after party at Blake’s on the Park where drink specials and drag queens will be waiting to thank you for your support. Thanks in advance for what I know will be a great showing of support for the Atlanta Moon Ride and Bert’s Big Adventure.
Don’t have a bicycle? Need help with costumes? Call the Spotted Dog Agency at 404-428-0497 and they will get you riding.