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Scenes from 2nd Annual Lebowski Fest:
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The film, starring Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski and John Goodman as his gun-toting sidekick, has attained cult status with economic potential to draw the Wall Street Journal to the opening event.
More on the roots of the festival can be found at www.lebowskifest.com.
At noon Saturday, a motorcade will proceed from the Holiday Inn on Bardstown Road to no one really knows, followed at 8 p.m. by a sold-out all-you-can-bowl party at AMF Rose Bowl, featuring discounts on White Russians (The Dude’s favorite drink), a costume competition and an appearance by Jeff Dowd, the cloth from which the Coen’s cut Jeff Bridge’s lazy, Tai Chi follower who is dragged into the seedy side of life when an “Asian American” (the preferred nomenclature) mistook him with a rich man of the same name whose wife owed money all over town and urinated on his living room rug while another debt collector shoved his head into a toilet, screaming, “Where’s the money, Lebowski.”
Part 2: Lebowski Fest Renegade Motorcade Parade
|LOUISVILLE, KY. (July 19, 2003) – The caravan pulled out of the Holiday Inn parking lot at 12:15 p.m., a dozen or so horn-honkers heading west on Bardstown Road. At the lead, the Official Lebowski Fest Mobile, a 1972 Plymouth Fury III from which, riding shotgun, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd thrusts a bowling trophy and waves to who have you they happen to pass. Down Bardstown, to the Dairy Queen drive-through window and twice around as the clapping employees encouraged the motorcade to make another lap. From the sunroof of the next car, a man in a T-shirt waved a bowling ball. Obscure? Not after Saturday editions of Louisville's Courier-Journal featured "Dude! Lebowski fest rocks" above the flag.|
The cars were emblazoned with slogans from the film -- "Over the line," "We believe in nothing," "Take 'er easy, Dude" and "Nice marmot," while their T-shirts continued the dialog: "The bums lost" and This is not 'Nam, this is bowling."
Likely to win the "Came the farthest" prize is 25-year-old Mahesh Primalani, who paid 1,500 Singapore dollars for a plane ticket to the event. That's about $900 in Louisville money.
At 4:30, participants in the Big Lebowski Internet forum gathered in the Holiday Inn Lounge for discounted White Russians, the Dude's favorite drink, and to see what each other looked like.
At 6:30 p.m., next door at the AMF Rose Bowl parking lot, the Lebowski mobile will be parked for the "ringer toss," and at 8 p.m., get ready to roll.
Part 3: The Dude steps up to the line
Part 4: The afterglow
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