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The Six Coolest Carts at The Phoenix Idiotarod

Participants of this year's Phoenix Idiotarod leave the starting line on Saturday afternoon. See more of our photos from the event.
Participants of this year's Phoenix Idiotarod leave the starting line on Saturday afternoon. See more of our photos from the event.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

If you happened to spy bizarrely dressed groups of people pushing equally weird-looking shopping carts along the sidewalks of downtown Phoenix over the weekend, you weren't hallucinating.

The Arizona Cacophony Society held the annual Phoenix Idiotarod on Saturday afternoon and caused plenty of colorful chaos as more than 30 teams of five people (or more) adorned costumes and piloted decorated metal and plastic shopping trollies during a combination bar crawl and race. Each cart had a particular theme and the entries ran the gamut from silly to surreal.

It also felt like more like a pageant or a parade than a competition, as most of the participants were more interested in just showing up and showing off what they'd conjured up for their carts. (Awards were also given for the more creative and original enteries). Here's our list of the coolest and most creative carts at the event.

The Six Coolest Carts at The Phoenix Idiotarod

6. Saved By The Beers
Alcohol plays a huge role in the annual Idiotarod, as competitors stop at nearby bars during the race and certain challenges involve beer and wine, so its fitting that this team was inspired by the popular game of beer pong. Rubbish cans were painted to red and white to resemble gigantic Solo cups, a gigantic ping-pong was constructed, and their cart contained a mobile version of game for anyone to play.

The Six Coolest Carts at The Phoenix Idiotarod

5. Mush Puppies

During the historic Iditarod, mushers utilize teams of canines to pull their sleds along a 1,049-mile course through the wilds of Alaska each year. During the hilarious Idiotarod, however, one team flipped the script by having a team of mushers pull a cart piloted by a sled dog.



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