Dozens of motorcycles hit Milwaukee's streets for 'Ride with Pride'

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GREENFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Engines were revved up with pride on Friday at the House of Harley Davidson in Greenfield, as dozens of bikers took to the streets for the Ride with Pride event.

The free motorcycle ride is to celebrate Pride Month and bring LGBTQ+ bikers together.

The event is organized by Pride Rides Wisconsin. This is their fourth year hosting Ride with Pride. Organizers were happy to be out for the second consecutive year after the ride was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Organizers have dubbed Milwaukee's Ride with Pride as the world's largest LBGTQ+ motorcycle run -- they haven't been challenged on that statistic yet.

Friday's ride started at the House of Harley Davidson on West Layton Avenue in Greenfield. Bikers then made their way over the Hoan Bridge, visited Pride Fest at the Summerfest grounds and ended the ride at Veterans Park in Milwaukee.

Riders had a police escort clearing their path the entire way.

Organizers said the event is about visibility and togetherness, and everyone is welcome.

"We're here, we're queer. That's the best, easiest way we can say it. We're here, we're not going anywhere. And the common theme of motorcycles -- it seems like motorcycles bring people together," said Pride Rides Wisconsin President Ed Zamora.

Zamora said folks came from all over Wisconsin and Illinois to join in on Friday.

Ride with Pride is one of many LGBTQ+-friendly motorcycle events that Pride Rides Wisconsin has throughout the year.

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