By some stroke of divine luck, I was in New Orleans for Halloween during my cross-country ride in 2011. I was being hosted by sassy, delightful, super-human activists who enjoyed riding bicycles. They invited me to join them on a costumed Critical Mass bike ride through downtown. How could I say no?
Critical Mass is an informally-organized group bike ride, usually occurring on the last Friday of the month. It's a tradition that began in big cities in the early 90s to bring awareness to bicyclists on the roadways. The idea is to have a large group of people ride bicycles through town and "reclaim the streets" for cycling. It's a social movement, and it's also good fun.
New Orleans is the city of costumes. I knew that Mardi Gras was a big deal, but I didn't realize that Halloween would be like a mini-Mardi Gras, and that the residents of New Orleans were stoked for any reason to whip out their most creative outfits.
Enjoy the photos! I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!