A life in the day

A New Orleans rite of spring


Twenty-five years ago, 22 members of the Tchoupitoulas Social Aid & Athletic Club, ran the world’s first  Barathon. Six bars, six beers, six miles. Who could have predicted then that, a quarter century later, some of them would still be doing it? Or that the event would grow in size by a factor of 10?

The Silver Barathon hits the streets on Friday, May 18 (always the second Friday after Jazz Fest), at 6:05 p.m. sharp (the traditional starting time). The starting and finish lines are at Le Bon Temps Roulé. To get a sense of the event, see these photos of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 editions. For a copy of the 2007 flyer, click here.


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