UPDATE: We have just been informed this afternoon (5/16/10) by a spokesperson for the Heathens, that the bike ride – which they really liked – was not them. It was people who wanted to be Heathen-like and to do “crazy things like the Heathens.”
Dozens of crazily-clan bicycle-riding Heathens took over Ocean Beach for a few moments today, Saturday May 15th. It was the Tour D’Diego. With some dressed as pirates, others dressed as foil-covered robots, all having a good time, the Heathen bike ride down Abbott and then onto Newport turned many a head, gave many a smile, and stole a few puzzled looks.
The Heathens have been having fun for nine years. Usually around this time of year, they stage a midnight procession around OB, and many have costumes. Originating from an apartment building on Brighton Avenue, and initiated organized by a nebulous group called the “Brightonians”, the annual Heathen procession included hundreds – many locals and many others from around town.
This year things are a little different. Today was the bike ride and tonight was a fund-raiser party in a secret place. (We hope to post an update on the fundraiser and more on this OB phenomenon in the very near future.)