Catwoman in sexy black latex? Check. Captain America and ubiquitous circular shield? Check. Green Hornet? Check. Frank the Bunny — the giant evil rabbit from the movie “Donnie Darko?” Yeh, him, too.
The first warm, clear Baltimore Bike Party night in a while brought a return of the huge cast of bicyclists to the last-Friday-of-every month recreational ride launched last spring. More 700 bicyclists committed to the event on ride’s Facebook page, with nearly 200 “maybes,” and more than 800 riders turned out, according to volunteer counts — many dressed for this month’s Superhero & Supervillain-themed edition.
Favorite costumes? Well, Frank the Bunny and Pope Francis, but also Evel Knievel, resplendent in a classic, 1970s stars and stripes white jump suit; Jack Black’s masked Mexican pro wrestler from “Nacho Libre;” Poison Ivy from “Batman;” Sesame Street’s Super Grover; and the yellow underpants-on-the-outside-over-red-tights Flash Gordon.
There were also a couple local Superhero’s portrayed as well: Anquan Boldin, Cal Ripen, “Mr. Maryland” and at least one Charm City Roller Girl.
Of course, some bicyclists made up their own heroes, grabbing, apparently, anything handy to fashion a mask and cape — including curtains, bath towels, trash bags and rugs. For example, who, or what exactly, is Spider Pig?” Or Super Llama?
Bike Party’s new sound system, funded through a successful Kickstarter drive, pumped out plenty of Superhero-themed hits as well, including, but not limited to: “Holding Out for a Hero,” from “Footloose,” Foriegner’s “Juke Box Hero,” College’s “A Real Hero,” and, of course, “My Hero,” by the Foo Fighters.
Launching, per tradition, from the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, the 10-12-mile ride headed out through west Baltimore before turning south through Pigtown, Westport and Cherry Hill, catching up with part of the Gwynn Falls Trail and past a view of Middle Branch River as night fell in the city. Ultimately, the ride headed over the Hanover Street Bridge and into Riverside Park, and then the Inner Harbor before wrapping up for the after-party back near Mother’s Federal Hill Grille.
Not that bicycling shouldn’t or can’t be a year-round activity with proper clothing — but it’s nice that spring is here.