Cameron Guilford, 6, came up with the idea to costume himself and his bicycle with the character from church, said his grandmother, Robin Myers.
The Grand Haven youth joined 65 other cyclists in the first Art Walk Bicycle Parade held Saturday morning.
“We didn’t have any idea what to expect,” said event organizer Randy Smith. “We’re very happy with the turnout.”
Fourteen bicycles decorated by students from the Careerline Tech Center meandered down the parade route from the corner of Third and Washington to Waterfront Stadium.
“We worked in teams to decorate the bikes,” said graphic design instructor Sally Salkowski.
The project, which began the first day of school, involved students from the graphic arts, printing, media and electrical classes.
“Collaboration is one of our big focuses this year,” she said.
Some of the Tech Center students rode bikes decorated as a carousel, Pokemon, “Under the Sea” and Dr. Seuss.
David Vail, dressed in seafaring attire, worked to get his Titanic design functional before the parade.
The Grand Rapids resident also has a sculpture and a painting entered in Art Walk.
“I like the small town atmosphere. This is great. I just get carried away,” he said.
Daniel Muellerleile pedaled the largest piece of art in the parade.
His 18-foot Magic Bus also closed up the parade.
A semi-retired design developer, Muellerleile said he spent two weeks building his creation, which was “an expression of art to spread a little peace.”
The vehicle contains 120 feet of PVC pipe and 250 square feet of foam.
“It weighs about 150 pounds,” Muellerleile said. “It’s a bugger to pedal.”
The bicycles were parked in the area around Waterfront Stadium for a couple hours as spectators and participants voted on their favorites.
A Family Art Day and a free picnic were held nearby.
The quilt of artwork created by children will hang on Waterfront Stadium for a couple of days, Smith said.
BICYCLE PARADE WINNERS:
Ages 8 & Under:
1st Place: Madelyn Janson
2nd Place: Molly Ronan
3rd Place: Cameron Guilford
4th Place: Casey Reva Edson
1st Place: Cyan Salkowski Rogers
2nd Place: Lillian Shepard
3rd Place: Jared Shepard
4th Place: Elizabeth Gerger
Ages 14--17 (High School):
1st Place: Molly McGinnis
2nd Place: Sally Salkowski
3rd Place: Brinsley Kubiak
4th Place: Morgan Michmerhuizen
1st Place: Daniel Muellerleile
2nd Place: Paul Harrigan
3rd Place: David Vail
4th Place: Karen Smith
5th Place: Brad Olechnowicz
1st Place: The Baker's Wife
2nd Place: Tlaquepaque/ Hannah Edwards & Debbie Otte
3rd Place: What A Gem!
4th Place: School Zone Publishing/ Barb Peacock