Bunnarchy: An Alcoholiday

My family is not really into the whole Easter thing. Though we have sometimes tried, it has very rarely meant anything religious. (One time I got a Bible in an Easter basket, and another time we went to Mars Hill for the first and last time.) Instead, it has mostly been about the eggs and candy. Mini Eggs, to be specific. Nowadays, my mom goes to Arizona for the first four months of the year, so the last time I spent the holiday with her was in…maybe 2006, when my sister and I visited for spring break. My dad is in Seattle a bit more regularly, so the three of us did brunch last year (sans Easter baskets, sadly). This year, both of my parents were in Arizona, and although my sister and I had planned (at the last minute) to get dinner together, it didn’t happen and I spent the day solo.

Brunch at Hattie’s Hat and farmers’ market tulips

Brunch at Hattie’s Hat and farmers’ market tulips

However, the Easter tradition I most look forward to every year is Bunnycon (a.k.a. Bunnarchy), the bunny-themed bar crawl in Seattle. If you’ve ever seen or heard about Santacon, this is basically the same thing, but everyone puts on bunny ears (and for some people, not much else) instead of Santa suits. 2014 was my fourth Bunnarchy, and definitely had the worst weather out of all the times I’ve gone. (I thought Bunnarchy was a magical day that was always 75 degrees and cloudless, but apparently not.) Luckily, the drenching rains waned as we hopped along the route, and we even spotted blue sky a few times. Christina wasn’t able to make it at the last minute, but I spent the day with Colette, a girl I met at a brunch Meetup event a couple weeks before. She had never been to a Seattle bar crawl before, and I think she had a good time, even though we opted out of the late-night spots. Another new Meetup friend, Justine, joined us for a couple bars, and John came with his boyfriend for one stop (and the photo op). Raj showed up at Fadó, where we ended the night dancing to a two-man band with some random people we met there.

I was glad I’d made the effort to do the bar crawl, even though I hadn’t been especially excited about it, partially due to the rain and partially because I didn’t get a bigger group together. But I would have been sad if I’d decided to stay inside watching Netflix instead, plus it was a good opportunity to spend time with a couple people I didn’t really know.

Some highlights of the day:

  • People-watching the tourists at Pike Place Market, who absolutely had no idea what they were seeing/driving through. (“Is your car carrot-powered? Only carrot-powered cars are allowed!”)
  • A couple dressed like 18th century French aristocrats got engaged during the group photo at Pike Place Market! They had met at the event three years before.
  • Bussing home on the RapidRide, which became a homeless shelter at 3rd and Virginia. I’ve never had a ride quite like that, complete with sprawled belongings and so much yelling.
Bunny JDH

Bunny JDH

Meetup friends

Meetup friends

Bunnies everywhere!

Bunnies everywhere!