Bisbee, AZ

Bisbee Rolling Arts Transportation Society (BRATS) Parade

Janet de Acevedo Macdonald

Watch art go downhill in Bisbee this Saturday afternoon, October 22, 2022. Using an abundance of gravity and imagination, the Bisbee Rolling Art Transport Society also known as B.R.A.T.S. fuels its parade of artist-built soapbox derby cars down Bisbee’s curvy, sloping main drag, starting at the Jonquil Motel at 317 Tombstone Canyon, and descending along Main Street. The B.R.A.T.S. roll through town at 4:30 pm. Find a spot to watch anywhere along Main Street.

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B.R.A.T.S. flagPHOTO CREDIT: Bisbee Rolling Arts Transportation Society

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One of the many creative 'bratsters"PHOTO CREDIT: Bisbee Rolling Arts Transportation Society

Join in the fun
Got a costume? Great! Come to the Jonquil Motel at 3:15 pm and you’ll be ready when the procession of funsters that precedes the B.R.A.T.S. begins. You can also be part of that fun by playing the kazoo. If you would like to play in the parade, gather at the Iron Man at 3:30 pm. No musical skills are necessary!

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B.R.A.T.S. paradegoersPHOTO CREDIT: Bisbee Rolling Arts Transportation Society

B.R.A.T.S. history
Andrew Nelson and Poe Dismuke co-founded the Bisbee Rolling Arts Transport Society in 2009 with just 5 bratsters. The idea was to create an artists’ soap box derby through the steep streets of Bisbee. Now, there are dozens of carts, countless paradegoers, and more fun than ever! Every year, this gang of imaginative souls who dream, forage, collaborate, and construct art for art’s sake grows a bit bigger.

Bisbee history and suggested outerwear
Established in 1902, Bisbee is built along the slopes of Tombstone Canyon in the heart of the Mule Mountains. Located in the Chiricahuan Desert, Bisbee is situated in Arizona’s most southeasterly county of Cochise.

A mile-high locale in its own right at 5300 feet (1600 meters) elevation, this weekend’s October forecast calls for mid-40 mornings to highs in the 70s. Plenty is going on in Bisbee this weekend (e.g., the Bisbee Festival of Arts) so plan to make a day of it -- or even a weekend -- and remember that it’s not so late in the season that you can forgo slathering on sunscreen and donning a hat during the daylight hours. As is the rule in any desert climate, when the sun dips so do the temperatures, and a jacket is needed by most. The social media savvy should tag photos with #BisbeeBrats, get social, and like its Facebook or Instagram pages.

Inspired to B.Y.O.B.?

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B.Y.O.BPHOTO CREDIT: Bisbee Rolling Arts Transportation Society

Next year, build your own bratster! Follow this link for how-tos and pictorial inspiration. https://www.bisbeebrats.com/byob

How to find the fun
Driving directions: from Phoenix, Tucson, and points West: Take I-10 East to Exit #303 at State Highway 80. Follow this south to Bisbee through Benson and Tombstone.

For more info about the Bisbee Rolling Arts Transportation Society (B.R.A.T.S.) email: bisbeebrats@gmail.com or visits its website: https://www.bisbeebrats.com

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