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Dude, let’s go bowling

May 7, 2014

Los Angeles, California
By Mario Anzuoni

Enthusiast Kim Holden prepares to bowl during the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The Lebowski Fest is a two-night traveling festival that celebrates the cult 1998 movie “The Big Lebowski” by the Coen brothers.

The first night is usually a musical event followed by a screening of the movie, while the second night is held at a bowling alley where all the enthusiasts – or as they often call themselves, “achievers” – gather for unlimited bowling and a costume contest.

The second night was definitely more visual. The “achievers” were out in full force, some even traveling from Australia, armed with good spirit, great attitude and most of all celebrating the legacy of this movie with costumes and impersonations sometimes derived literally from one line from the movie.

Mike Ritto (R) and other enthusiasts wear costumes to resemble characters from the movie "The Big Lebowski" at the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Naturally there were plenty of “dudes”, flanked by the other iconic characters from the movie.

Enthusiast Danielle Townshend wears a costume to resemble a character from the movie "The Big Lebowski" while bowling at the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

All this translated into a contagious enthusiasm. Being a fan of the movie myself, it was easy to get transported by this sort of surreal re-enactment at a bowling alley in Orange County, California.

Enthusiast Phil Dvorak wears a costume to resemble a character from the movie "The Big Lebowski" while bowling at the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Enthusiast David Winkowski, with ashes on his face, attends the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Enthusiasts wear costumes to resemble characters from the movie "The Big Lebowski" during the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Jeff Bridges performs during Lebowski Fest at the Wiltern theatre in Los Angeles, California April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

This year’s musical event was quite special since “The Dude” himself, actor Jeff Bridges, performed a whole set at the iconic Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.

Enthusiast Jessee Foudray wears a costume to resemble a character from the movie "The Big Lebowski" while bowling at the Lebowski Fest LA Bowling Party in Fountain Valley, California April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Most of the fans don’t care much about winning a costume contest. As long as they feel they had properly celebrated their passion and devotion for this classic movie, “The Dude abides”.

Gallery: Lebowski Festival

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Great pics – makes me wish I was there!

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