We warned you about it in the morning preview – but it still caught some people by surprise (thanks for the texts!): Hundreds of bicyclists rolled eastward from the Admiral District this past hour on the annual “Dead Baby Downhill.” Yes, like the name, it’s meant to be an in-your-face, irreverent/offensive, at-times profane event – “the greatest party known to humankind,” declared the Facebook event page – and it rotates starting-point neighborhoods; it’s been a few years since the DBD took off from West Seattle. They’re headed for Georgetown and a whale of an afterparty. (added) Here’s the start:
8:39 PM: More photos, ahead:
People-watching and bike-watching was at a prime before the riders took off. There were tall bikes:
And long bikes:
Bikes with decorations:
And bikes with … cargo:
And by the time the ride started, riders were lining all sides of the 42nd/Admiral building, all the way to the Admiral Benbow Room entrance on the west side of the Heartland Café:
The DBD’s last West Seattle starting-point gathering was at the then-Redline (35th south of Avalon) in 2007. P.S. As for where the name came from … it was explained in this Seattle P-I story from even further back.