Bike Week Parade Organizers Expect Bigger Crowd This Year

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Daytona Beach, FL - If all goes as planned, there will be a lot of leather and chrome riding down the streets of the World’s Most Famous Beach on March 16th.

Tens of thousands of people and motorcycles are expected to line the streets of Daytona Beach when the Harley-Davidson Appreciation Parade rolls out at 9 o’clock that morning, the final Saturday of Bike Week.

Larry McKinney, the President & CEO for the Daytona Regional Chamber Of Commerce, says they’re planning on participant and attendance numbers going up compared to last year’s parade, which was the first time in a decade that a parade was held in Daytona Beach during Bike Week.

“Last year, we had about 650 motorcycles in it. This year, we expect over a thousand,” McKinney said. “Last year, we estimated around 12,000 to 15,000 people along the route, so we’re looking for at least 15,000 this year, possibly 20,000 or 25,000.”

Participants are asked to bring their motorcycles to the Peabody Auditorium parking lot by the Ocean Center by 7 o’clock the morning of the parade.

The parade itself – which is around 5.25 miles long – will start with a motorcycle unit from Daytona Beach police leading the route from the Ocean Center’s south parking lot on Auditorium Boulevard and head east on State Road A1A before going south on International Speedway Boulevard.

From there, riders will go over the bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway and straight to Daytona International Speedway, where the parade will end on Turn 4 of the historic track.

The parade’s Grand Marshals will be Josh, Bill and Cutie Pie from the “Moonshiners” TV show on the Discovery Channel.

Anyone who wants more information on this or other Bike Week events can visit here or call the Daytona Regional Chamber Of Commerce at 386-255-0981.

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