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What: Dayton Beer Pride Parade
When: Starts 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21
Where: Parade goes from Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. to the parking lot of Thai 9, 11 Brown St.
As if craft beer lovers needed a reason to march proudly down Fifth Street.
The small-but-mighty Dayton Beer Pride Parade starts 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., and ends in the parking lot of Thai 9, 11 Brown St. in Dayton.
Craft beer is the reason, and the reason is craft beer.
“(It is about) pure fun and chaos,” Robert Strong, the owner of Fifth Street Deli and Thai 9, told Dayton.com. “It is just to celebrate the craft beer industry and how it is doing in Dayton.”
About nine groups will participate in the short, rambunctious parade.
“Some of them are in floats and some of them are just people walking in costumes,” he said.
He encouraged craft beer lovers to find a spot on their favorite Oregon District patio to enjoy the show.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will kick off Dayton Beer Week by taping a firkin (a small cask) inside at Thai 9, Strong said.
Four Ohio beers will be featured during the celebration.
Brad Darrell Day display in the window of Exotic Fantasies in the Oregon District. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)
Tumbleweed Connection’s fourth annual Bike, Car & Pup Wash for Charity will coincide with the parade, which will make the march even more eye-catching.
"There will be gentlemen in bikinis,” Strong said. “That will be interesting.”
The charity wash benefiting Adopt-a-Pit and Summit for Soldiers will feature raffles, a dunk tank, a smooching booth and a boys in bikinis contest. There will be a surprise for fans of the wash co-founder Brad Darrell, the manager of Glenn Scott Tattoo. Darrell suffered a stroke earlier this year.
2014 Beer Pride Parade