by Alejandro de los Rios
Reason #4613423 New Orleans is amazing: neighborhood events like the Jena Street 500.
Organized by Jena St. resident Alex Tilling the event pitted adult men and women on children's bikes and trikes in a 500-foot race that featured a boxcar pitstop (racers had to stop, fill up with an alcoholic beverage and drink it before they could continue). And, like any good community event, it was all for the children. No, seriously. Afterwards all the bikes and trikes were donated to Bridge House for the children there to use.
Really though, no words can describe the scene that unfolded when the race began. That's why I brought a camcorder.