150th Birthday Party for the Bicycle

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On July 9, New Orleans cycling historian and University of New Orleans Master’s Program alum Lacar Musgrove is hosting The Bicycle: 150 Years of History and Art, a fundraiser for Bike Easy and Stolen Bikes NOLA at Castillo Blanco Art Studios in the Bywater. Beginning at 7pm, the event will feature a presentation on the earliest cycling clubs of 19th century New Orleans by Lacar Musgrove and a presentation by premier cycling historian of the United States and author of Bicycle: The History, David V. Herlihy. Herlihy is credited with discovering the evidence to settle, once and for all, the decades-long debate over who first invented the bicycle.

The event at Castillo Blanco will be preceded at 5pm by a FREE presentation at Bar Redux on 19th century bicycle art and imagery, followed by a Second Saturday Art Ride to the galleries on St. Claude Avenue then back to Castillo Blanco for the main event.

Following the historical presentations will be a Dandy Dance Party with DJ Matty of Mod Dance Party and Alligator Chomp Chomp. We’ll have cold delicious eats catered by @MadChef504, sodas and lemonade on sale for a dollar, and free popcorn, watermelon, and freezy pops! Cyclists will be invited to show off their lit up/tricked out/custom/art bicycles, tricycles, and peddled contraptions of all types

The goal of the event is to bring together cycling enthusiasts of all stripes in celebration of Pierre Lallement’s 1866 invention of the “velocipede,” to educate the public on the roots of cycling in New Orleans, and to raise money to help Bike Easy in its mission to make cycling in New Orleans easy, safe, and fun. .

Louisiana Cycling Club Spokes Scrapbook, page 115a

Louisiana Cycling Club Spokes Scrapbook, accession 98-62-L,Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection

There will be a suggested donation at Castillo Blanco to benefit Bike Easy. If you’d like to help defray the costs of the event, a $5 of your donation at www.gofundme.com/biketastic will get you “PAID” bracelet at the door on the day of the event. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please email lacar.musgrove@gmail.com.

Yes, it is family friendly!

Yes, there will be a cash bar!


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