Grand National TT Motorcycle Parade Comes to Peoria

Published 08/16 2014 05:53PM

Updated 08/16 2014 06:26PM

PEORIA - The City of Peoria is being taken over - by motorcyclists.

More than two-thousand bikers rode through downtown Peoria as part of the Grand Nationals TT Motorcycle Parade.

The event is part of a bigger festival in the city.

Organizers say the parade raises money for a variety of local charities, including those that help residents impacted by the November 17th tornado.

Plus, it creates awareness for biker rights.

Bikers say it shows others that they are active in the community.

The parade lead bikers down to the Peoria riverfront for the 20th annual TT Festival.

The day long event featured musical performances and bike stunt demonstrations.

Hit bands Saliva and Tesla will close out the night.

Festival promoter Jay Goldberg said the festival turns the Grand National races into a weekend-long party.

"What we wanted to do was let people know that, again, Peoria, right here in Peoria, Illinois, we were the home of one of the longest continuous running spectator sports, the Grand National TT races," he said.

Grand National races start at 2PM Sunday afternoon.

Those will be at the Peoria Motorcycle Club.

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