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Expect zany human outfits with even zanier bicycle decorations.

The LIC Bike Parade, an extremely non-competitive race that promotes civic involvement above all else, will fill one western Queens roadway and two parks with colorful bicycles and even more colorful costumes on Saturday, June 10.

The fun will start inside Socrates Sculpture Park at around 11 a.m. As people gather, register and prepare for the roughly 1-mile trek, artists will facilitate bike-decorating workshops and the art education nonprofit Freestyle Arts Association will coordinate a collaborative, large-scale sculpture project to create a human-powered parade float. Plus, Recycle-A-Bicycle will offer free mobile repairs and facilitate a bike swap for youngsters.

All the while, Inti Sumaq, Mama’s Empanadas, Kelvin’s Food Truck and Moon Man will sell everything from Peruvian fare to German sandwiches to coconut-based pancakes from carts.

Then with all due pomp and circumstance, the parade will kick off from the Broadway entrance to Socrates Sculpture Park at about 2 p.m. and roll southbound on Vernon Boulevard, led by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a 30-odd-piece marching band and dance troupe that often lends its spirit to protests and picket lines.

The riders — and maybe some floats — will slow-race to Queensbridge Park at about 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard to continue the celebration with refreshments and activities organized by Friends of Queensbridge Park and Green Shores NYC.

Now in its 10th year, the free parade’s goal is to encourage community activism, healthy living and cycling safety. All are welcome.

All photos courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park except for the bottom right one, which is courtesy of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra


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