With help from throngs of Rick and Morty fans, Lowry Parcade gets schwifty

The Rickmobile brought tons of people out to celebrate the mega-popular Adult Swim show Wednesday night — so much so that it had to shut down early.

click to enlarge With help from throngs of Rick and Morty fans, Lowry Parcade gets schwifty
Terrence Smith

The Rick and Morty “Don't Even Trip Road Trip” tour, Rickmobile and all, made a stop at the Lowry Parcade Wednesday night.

It attracted a massive turnout from fans of the wildly irreverent cult cartoon show. A half hour before the truck, festooned with a fiberglass likeness of drunken mad scientist Rick Sanchez, opened its doors and began offering exclusive merchandise for sale, a line snaked around the usually-quiet Lowry Park block. Hundreds of fans — many dressed as characters from the show — chanted popular lines from the show, confusing locals but keeping spirits high.

click to enlarge Dahlia Dupre of Tampa as Rick. - Terrence Smith
Terrence Smith
Dahlia Dupre of Tampa as Rick.

The event brought so many people to the surrounding neighborhood that authorities had to end the event a half-hour early, which sparked questions about whether it should have been schedule at a larger venue.

The Rickmobile tour is as much a promotion of the show's currently-airing third season as it is a tribute to its dedicated fans, who have turned the show into not only one of Adult Swim's most popular shows, but a something of a subculture, with in-jokes and characters on full display (something of which the show's writers seem acutely aware). The DJ was playing music edited with random Rick belches thrown in and a waving, inflatable tube version of Mr. Meeseeks stood near the Rickmobile.

click to enlarge With help from throngs of Rick and Morty fans, Lowry Parcade gets schwifty
Terrence Smith

John Craft, the assistant tour manager and one of the drivers of the Rickmobile, said he expects the tour's success to continue beyond the Tampa stop, and that an average of 1,300 total visitors attend these events. And while brief rain may have dampened a few costumes, nothing stopped the enthusiasm of the fans.

click to enlarge Parker Durson of St. Petersburg is Rick D Sanchez III (from Season 3's "Ricklantis Mixup"). - Terrence Smith
Terrence Smith
Parker Durson of St. Petersburg is Rick D Sanchez III (from Season 3's "Ricklantis Mixup").

“Rain, sleet, shine or snow, the Rickmobile will be there,” said Craft.

The “Don't Even Trip Road Trip” heads down to Miami Friday, before wrapping up the tour October 6 in New York.

click to enlarge Deon Blackwell from Tampa dressed as Bojack Horseman, title character from a different show, but held a sign referring Morty's mother/Rick's daughter, Beth. - Terrence Smith
Terrence Smith
Deon Blackwell from Tampa dressed as Bojack Horseman, title character from a different show, but held a sign referring Morty's mother/Rick's daughter, Beth.

click to enlarge Zachary Guido, Alec Vinton and Nic Lycett of Tampa - Terrence Smith
Terrence Smith
Zachary Guido, Alec Vinton and Nic Lycett of Tampa

click to enlarge With help from throngs of Rick and Morty fans, Lowry Parcade gets schwifty
Terrence Smith

click to enlarge With help from throngs of Rick and Morty fans, Lowry Parcade gets schwifty
Terrence Smith