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Thousands of motorcycle riders get their bikes blessed for the season

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    OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (The Journal Times) — For many motorcycle riders, getting their bikes blessed each year before the riding season is the most important ritual. It’s one of the safeguards bikers use to make sure they’re protected while they’re on the road.

Thousands of riders and their friends and families attended the 36th Annual Original Bike Blessing, hosted by the Road Runners Motorcycle Club, Saturday in Oak Creek.

Music, merchants and motorcycles filled the grounds of American Legion Post 434, 9327 South Shepard Ave. The bike blessing began at about 2 p.m.

The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic, but Ed “Seven” Cassel, member of the Road Runners MC, said the spirits are high now that everyone is back together.

“Most of them, I haven’t seen in about a year now,” Cassel said. He’d been stopped by

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Phelan M. Ebenhack/APMIAMI—Over the weekend, Sean Doyle was in his backyard in Daytona Beach, Florida, when he spotted hundreds of motorcycles roaring across Seabreeze Bridge. The procession of two-wheeled iron machines signaled that the annual gathering of motorcyclists known as Daytona Beach Bike Week was in full swing. While Doyle has soaked in the biker festivities the last six years he’s lived in town, the 56-year-old New York City transplant is sitting out the 2021 edition.“I love Bike Week, but I won’t go near it this year,” Doyle told The Daily Beast. “I just think it’s going to be a superspreader event, so I am staying away.”On social media pages of local news outlets, dozens of Daytona Beach denizens like Doyle are expressing their own intentions to avoid the motorcycle parades, races, concerts, parties, and street

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Bike Week lasts from March 5 to March 14. The event is estimated to generate $75 million for Daytona Beach, according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce, though events are now spread across north and central Florida.

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Most years, about 400,000 to 500,000 people attend, but this year a “reasonable estimate would be around 300,000 +,” Janet Kersey, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, told ABC News via email Monday.

PHOTO: People gather in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the 'Bike Week' motorcycle rally. (Donnie Urick/Facebook)

PHOTO: People gather in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the ‘Bike Week’ motorcycle rally. (Donnie Urick/Facebook)

PHOTO: Bikers filled Main Street in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 8, 2021.<p>Img 9332 (David Tucker/News-Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC)
PHOTO: Bikers filled Main Street in
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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, around 300,000 people are expected to descend on Florida for a motorcycle rally this week, Daytona Beach city officials said.

Bike Week lasts from March 5 to March 14. The event is estimated to generate $75 million for Daytona Beach, according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

PHOTO: Bikers cruise Main St on the first day of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 5, 2021. (Nigel Cook/News-Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

PHOTO: Bikers cruise Main St on the first day of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 5, 2021. (Nigel Cook/News-Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

Most years, about 400,000 to 500,000 people attend, but this year a “reasonable estimate would be around 300,000 +,” Janet Kersey, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, told ABC News via email Monday.

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“With good weather and the vaccine now in distribution that could improve,” Kersey continued. “We know our hotels are doing well with strong

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