In the world of New York City public spectacles, sure you’ve got SantaCon, which has become a public nuisance, and the No Pants Subway Ride, which has lost all its shock value over the years. But at least we still have the Idiotarod, the yearly homage to absurdity that takes over a few neighborhoods with intensely designed racing carts and elaborately themed costumes for a day each winter. The 12th annual edition of the Idiotarod went down on Saturday, going over the Manhattan Bridge, through Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens before ending with a cart-smashing party at the Gowanus Ballroom. Brokelyn asked photographer Walter Wlodarczyk to capture the madness, because we’d much rather run into an army of wedding chapel Elvises on the street than a drunken Santa bro any day.
Pictures from the Idiotarod (and pit stops at bars):
Here’s the list of winners from the event:
Best in Show: Kostume Kult’s Tommy the Trainwreck
Best Industrial Design: The Idiotrappists
Best Costumes: Chapel O’ Love
Best Sabotage: Mephitic Order of the Pungent One
Best Bribery: Bright Young Things
Checkpoint Award: Dr. Fitz
Hospitality: Around the World in 80 Drinks
Community Award: Bill and Ted’s
Shining Star of the Future: tie between Super Hipsters and Megazote Tote
David Bowie Award: Diamond Dogs
Honorable Mentions to KartDashians, The Slashies, Warholics Anonymous
Keep going to see pics of the carts getting destroyed at the after-party!