The Six Coolest Carts at The Phoenix Idiotarod

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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.