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Best Street Character

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Zip-Tie Guy

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Brenda Carlyle

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
(tie): ATL TVHead / Baton Bob

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Larkin Taylor-Parker
Every street character has something that sets him or her apart from the motley crew of men and women who walk Atlanta's streets. Baton Bob has his parade marshal outfits. Bicycle Shorts Man has his...well, you know. And Larkin Taylor-Parker has Sally and Aria, her tubas. Three or four days a week, themore...
Every street character has something that sets him or her apart from the motley crew of men and women who walk Atlanta's streets. Baton Bob has his parade marshal outfits. Bicycle Shorts Man has his...well, you know. And Larkin Taylor-Parker has Sally and Aria, her tubas. Three or four days a week, the top hat-and-tuxedo-wearing 20-year-old Chicago native can be found belting out anything from Celtic music, protest songs, spirituals, big band tunes, and everything else in Candler Park and Little Five Points. When not playing the instrument, Parker spends some of her time advocating for and writing online about people living with autism (she lives with the disorder and is also dyslexic). Post graduation at Agnes Scott College, where she's studying history, Larkin plans to become a lawyer and help children with disabilities navigate the educational system. To Parker, who does indeed rock, we salute you. less...

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
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Street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

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Runner-up: Bicycle shorts man

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

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Runner-up
Bicycle shorts man

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Prince Daweed
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners?more...
After noticing him for the last few years, you might think the seemingly ubiquitous PRINCE DAWEED is a bit … off. Sure, he’s a fabulous dancer. But what person in his right mind leaps, bounds, gyrates and grooves on such a drab dance floor as Atlanta’s smog-filled street corners? We’ll tell you who: A person who’s at peace with himself, filled with joy, and just plain happy. Weird, huh? But honestly, it makes sense. You’d be in a perpetual good mood, too, if — as Daweed has confessed to CL — you spent all day getting pumped up on the Bee Gees, Hall and Oates, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind and Fire. less...

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Street Character Who’s Not Baton Bob BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Willy Terry, aka Bicycle Shorts Man
With his paid gigs and his slick website, “street character” is no longer an apt title for Baton Bob. He’s a full-fledged local celeb now. For God’s sake, the man has a better Wikipedia entry than Creative Loafing does. Of Bob’s street-character colleagues,more...
With his paid gigs and his slick website, “street character” is no longer an apt title for Baton Bob. He’s a full-fledged local celeb now. For God’s sake, the man has a better Wikipedia entry than Creative Loafing does. Of Bob’s street-character colleagues, none is more notorious, long-lived or as apparently well-endowed as WILLY TERRY, AKA BICYCLE SHORTS MAN. For 16 years, he has stood at the intersection of Briarcliff and Ponce, greeting passers-by with a smile, a wave and a glimpse of what appears to be an enormous penis visible through tight bicycle shorts. He’ll probably never be Baton Bob-famous, but last year, Terry appeared in an online documentary short (filmed by an Emory student named Dan Resnick) viewed more than 60,000 times. He’s putting the tube back in YouTube. less...

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Baton Bob
That’s street “character,” not street person. Bob Jamerson, 53, may work as a florist, but he spends his free time trying to cheer up his fellow Atlantans as BATON BOB, marching around Midtown sidewalks in eye-catching costumes — wedding gown, prom queen dress, superheromore...
That’s street “character,” not street person. Bob Jamerson, 53, may work as a florist, but he spends his free time trying to cheer up his fellow Atlantans as BATON BOB, marching around Midtown sidewalks in eye-catching costumes — wedding gown, prom queen dress, superhero outfit — and twirling a baton with all the enthusiasm of a varsity majorette. Bob, who acts as Atlanta’s volunteer cheerleader by walking several miles every day, calls his character the “Ambassador of Mirth” and says he moved here last summer after realizing that the people of St. Louis didn’t really get his infectiously joyous shtick. Their loss. less...

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Bicycle Bob
For at least two years, a Spandex-clad enigma has captivated pedestrians and motorists waiting at lights along Ponce de Leon Avenue. We're not sure of his name, his origins or how it is possible that one so thin became so proud and well endowed, but the Man in Spandex (including stunning black-and-redmore...
For at least two years, a Spandex-clad enigma has captivated pedestrians and motorists waiting at lights along Ponce de Leon Avenue. We're not sure of his name, his origins or how it is possible that one so thin became so proud and well endowed, but the Man in Spandex (including stunning black-and-red striped and infamous electric blue) has become ensconced in local legend. He postures, preens and dares observers to make eye contact as he leans on his cane near MARTA stops, but rarely is he seen getting on the bus. less...

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Five Points Preacher
Despite its Bible Belt pedigree, Atlanta seems to have less than its share of classic sidewalk preachers. The woman outside the Five Points MARTA station, though, with her handwritten sandwich board and her vocal appeals for Underground tourists to repent, is certainly doing her part to correct the imbalance.more...
Despite its Bible Belt pedigree, Atlanta seems to have less than its share of classic sidewalk preachers. The woman outside the Five Points MARTA station, though, with her handwritten sandwich board and her vocal appeals for Underground tourists to repent, is certainly doing her part to correct the imbalance. But she can be sated: Next time she exhorts you to leave the wicked path, simply smile and say, "OK." She'll smile back. less...

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