Baton Bob: The Ambassador of Mirth

Baton Bob is a street performer in Atlanta, Georgia. The self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Mirth,” Baton Bob dresses in a variety of costumes and marches around midtown Atlanta, spinning his baton. His goal is to “lift people’s spirits and put a simple smile on people’s faces during their daily routine.”

Baton BobHe frequently wears a tutu or wedding dress, and sometimes dons a superhero costume. When Christopher Reeve died, Baton Bob dressed as Superman to pay tribute.

He often participates in local parades and festivals. He was recently named one of the 2008 10 Best Colorful Characters in Atlanta. In 2007, he won “Best Local Hero,” “Best Local Celebrity” and “Best Street Character” in a local newspaper, and was Grand Marshall of the Inman Park Festival Parade.

“Very rarely does a single street performer capture the imagination of an entire city, but Atlanta has embraced Baton Bob with open arms. His infectious good humor and broad smile have been welcoming guests and locals to Midtown since 2005. If you have a chance to see him, Bob’s sure to make your Atlanta visit memorable.”

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Here’s a video of Baton Bob dressed as Spider-Man:

Keep twirling that baton, Bob. You are a true hero.

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