Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Dust Storm and the Block Party

Friday afternoon the KOTO Radio Annual Pink Flamingo End of Season Street Dance and Costume Party was held on Columbia Street complete with live music from Ralph Dinosaur and His Fabulous Volcanoes and The Strolling Scones. A strange dust storm moved in during the party which turned the sky shades of brown, orange and red. The red dust is from southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. We have had three dust storms right before a snowstorm recently, but this one was by far the largest and strangest.

I only saw a few people dressed up in pink for the party and the costume contest.

At one point the wind picked up and tried to blow away one of the New Belgium beer canopies. I'm not sure why this got a big cheer from the crowd. Perhaps they had been partaking of a few too many New Belgium beverages.
Of course, we woke up to a fresh new layer of snow this morning, which means we have three different layers of dirt in our snowpack now.

9 comments:

JM said...

A 'red' dust storm! A couple of years ago we were hit by a 'brown' one coming from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa and it was really weird! It was the peak of summer and we haven't seen the sun for 2 or 3 days!

Tricia said...

I'm really learning a lot about that part of the country from you - I had no idea you guys had dust storms out there in Telluride! Looks like everyone was having a great time though!
I can barely see the mountains in the background, but they're shining through!

Rambling Round said...

Beautiful downtown and nice block party despite all that dust.

Sharon said...

You had quite a weather related adventure! The pictures are great!

Janie said...

The sky is an eerie color during the dust storm. Didn't seem to phase the crown much though. They seemed to stay on. Maybe all that beer kept them happy.

Lois said...

It looks like a fun time was had by all, even with the dust storm!

Michele said...

Goodness, isn't that the oddest thing, eh? Almost an eerie look to the sky, what incredible weather indeed!!!!!

Jacob said...

What a fascinating series of photos. I would never have imagined you would have dust storms there. We use to have them in Scottsdale blowing in from the desert...

What an interesting place you live!

the7msn said...

The light in these photos is amazing. Seems like every post I'm reading today is about wind, but yours is the prettiest.