Tour de Fat Charlotte May 27th – Groupon has discount tickets to this fun concert HERE.
What is it? New Belgium is throwing a party with country rock band A Thousand Horses and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Tour de Fat Charlotte benefits Bike Walk NC, so be sure to grab your tix today.
Previously the Durham Tour de Fat shows had a cool costumed bike parade, wacky bike-like creations to be tried, someone who traded in their car for a bike, and the shows were all accessible to deaf people by interpreters. Each of these made the festival so much fun and accessible for my deaf brother-in-law. I don’t see any mention of any of that happening anymore. Has BikeWalk NC become more of an exclusive business concert and less of an inclusive fun, festival? If the shows are no longer accessible, how do we get refunds?
Lisa Riegel says
New Belgium puts this event on for us to raise awareness and fundraise for bike advocacy organizations like ours. They want to keep the fun wacky costumed parts and be accessible and inclusive, but it is now more an evening concert event than in the past. I don’t want you to be disappointed, especially if you are traveling. Please contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org so we can figure out how to get you a refund or if maybe the event would still be of interest to you and your brother-in-law. We tried to email you, but it bounced back.
Not sure why your response bounced back but thanks for letting me know that the shows are no longer the same. It sounds more like any old concert that sells beer than the fun ones we went to in Durham. What makes the tour de fat special anymore? Sorry to learn that the automatic accessibility and inclusiveness is gone, too. It seems that New Belgium has gotten too big or too corporate to be as much fun and non-disriminatry as they once were. I’ll sell my tickets to someone elsewhere because I do not wish to be a part of an event or group that now openly discriminates against people with disabilities. Which, BTW bikewalknc may wish to think about why they do not have a person using a wheelchair in their own logo.
Lisa Riegel says
I sent you an email – but no, not like any other event. Everything was handicap accessible and New Belgium is inclusive like no other company – they had professionals signing the entire concert for hearing impaired attendees. It was a great event, hope you went or will come next year. I sent you an email and suggested you call me to discuss the event and/or refund, but I didn’t hear from you…