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Reportback and video from Catharsis DC "Temple Burn"

On the 11th of November, Catharis DC staged their "Temple Burn" bonfire on the Mall. As always, the bonfire was preceded by a spectacular fire ceremony. Again the NPS limited the size of the bonfire, and this year NPS also banned one of the art installations, a 40+ foot sculpture of a nude woman. This was replaced by a smaller but similar projection installation.

Updated:New, better quality mix video of the fire dance and bonfire

Video-DC Bike Party rides to Catharsis for burn night

John Zangas Youtube video-the daytime scene at Catharsis

Photo by Kevin Bond

Trump pinyata smashed at Trump Hotel

On the 30th of October, a pre-Halloween dance party at Trump Hotel featured a balloon banner lift for hurricane relief-and a genuine, made in Mexico Trump pinyata.

Video: Bashing and smashing the Trump pinyata,plus the banner lift

This is a genuine Trump pinyata from Mexico

DC Bike Party stages Pre-Halloween "Dark Alleys" ride

On the 18th of October, the monthly DC Bike Party took place a week later than normal and had a special pre-Halloween theme. This was the "Dark Alleys" ride, with some riders in costume and a lot of alley cut-throughs included on the route.

Video highlights of the ride(3 min 58 sec)

Heading downtown at the start of the ride

DC Bike Party rides to Anacostia

The September 2017 DC Bike Party rode from Dupont Circle to Anacostia via Union Station, RFK Stadium, multiple park trails and bridges, and finally ended at a party in the MLK Ave and W st area.

Video highlights of the ride

The ride in Anacostia not far from the end

Still Rising #2 Mixtape

LISTEN HERE! ^_^)/This music playlist is for all the workers, students, brothers, and sisters struggling in the workplace, the schools, the fields, the mines, the streets, and the factories! In the face of the seemingly dark future we all face, power to those who dream, who sing, who play, who fight!

DC Bike Party stages daytime ride to soccer game

On the 5th of August, the DC Bike Party tried something new: a daytime ride on Saturday departing shortly after 4PM to a DC United soccer game. Turnout was reduced due to the unusual time but even a small DC Bike Party still takes up several blocks at a time of streets filled entirely with bikes.

Video from the August DC Bike Party

Hundreds strong DC Bike Party takes to the streets

On the 14th of June, the DC Bike Party returned to the streets for the annual Pride month ride. This ride doubled as a fundraiser for the DC Center for the LGBT Community.

Video from the June 14 2017 DC Bike Party

DC Bike Party for May 2017

On the 10th of May the DC Bike Party took to the streets again. This ride was themed as the "spy ride" and began just before sunset from Dupont Circle. DC Bike Parties are normally on the 2nd Wednesday of the warmer months, starting 8PM at Dupont Circle. Hundreds of riders usually show up.

Video from the May DC Bike Party

Motorist threatening to ram can't stop DC Bike Party

On the 12th of April, the DC Bike Party again took to the streets of DC. Before the ride even got out of Dupont Circle, motorists began honking-and one yuppie in a BMW attempted without success to ram through the cyclists. He was stopped and the ride continued without further interference.

Video of the April DC Bike Party and incident with a motorist trying to ram through

Riders swarm in to block BMW driver who attempted to ram his way through the DC Bike Party

Massive "Catharsis" bonfire burns on Mall, thousands march again against Trump

On the 12th of November, anti drug war activists held their annual "Catharsis" bonfire by the Washington Monument. This year's was unusually emotional due to the Trump election. To many attendees the fire symbolized in part chasing away the evil that Trump has summoned forth. A special DC Bike Party rode to Catharsis. Meanwhile, Twitter reports indicated up to 4,000 people marching against Trump on the usual White House/Trump Hotel circuit, and there were firsthand reports marcher went as far north as Howard University.

Video-DC Bike Party Rides to Catharsis bonfire: 0:00-0:53 Bike Party 0:53-2:42 Catharsis bonfire

The Catharsis bonfire

DC Bike Party rides to massive "catharsis" bonfire on the Mall

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