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Santa Claus, Grandmas and Harleys rock, roll, roar through town

Biker with flagHundreds of local people gathered to watch and wave as Bikers Who Care cycled by to drop off toys for children at Governor’s Square Mall.

The annual ride through town started after noon and ended around 2 p.m. today after navigating a meandering route along Riverside Drive, Kraft Street, College Street and Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.

Santa Claus, whole families, everybody [it seemed] and their grandma were riding motorcycles through town today in  a seamless, endless flow, much to the delight of people who began gathering late this morning along the route.  And the bikers were cool.

Watching the procession took about 3/4 of an hour with an estimated 2,000 motorcycles to drive by.  Bystanders parked along the streets, sitting on the hoods or tailgates of their cars and trucks, or in comfy folding chairs with a good view of the road.  They came with coolers, grinders, and even barbecue grills.  One gentleman on Kraft Street was calmly grilling up chicken as the riders began to pass.  Bikers waved and honked and threw candy at the crowds.

Here are a few of the images of the day with Bikers Who Care.






Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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