Denver Cruiser Ride 2014 season kickoff: Are you ready?

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Denver Cruiser Ride will kick off its 2014 season -- but not in its usual location. Gathering at Civic Center Park is off due to American Ninja Warrior tryouts, so the DCR Facebook page notes that the city is shutting down a portion of 14th Street for an opening night party featuring the theme Reds & Robes.

To get you ready for this annual rite, we've collected some of the best photos from 2013 rides supplemented by a special bonus: Michael Diorio's DCR-friendly rewrite of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Check it all out below.

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