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I love a parade
In Greenfield, a suburb southwest of Milwaukee, the House of Harley-Davidson is throwing its own massive party to celebrate the 110th. The business is one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealers in the world, and its 50,000-square-foot store is filled with row upon row of gleaming bikes from all of the Harley model families, plus a staggering selection of merchandise, including clothing, accessories and Harley-Davidson bling.
During the Milwaukee Rally, House of Harley will turn four blocks around the store into a mini festival ground with 100 vendors selling everything from food and T-shirts to furniture and motorcycle parts. A mobile concert stage will host various bands, and there will be four group charity rides. (Erik Estrada — wearing his CHiPs uniform — will be the guest rider for the Law Enforcement Ride.) All events, outside of the rides, are free, including parking.
Other local dealers are sponsoring vendor villages and events, too. And for those looking for something more highbrow, the Milwaukee Art Museum is hosting its first tattoo exhibition, which runs through the fall.
The rally’s highlight, though, is the Harley Parade, a 7,000-rider extravaganza that will wind through the city beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31.
It just may be that Phil Behling will be there cheering.
Melanie Radzicki McManus is a freelance writer in Sun Prairie, Wis.