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Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday
Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

A motorcycle parade traveling more than seven miles Saturday will affect multiple Madison roadways, officials said. 

The Gold Wing Motorcycle Grand Parade will start at Warner Park and end at the Alliant Energy Center, the city of Madison said. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is a social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles. The group is holding its 36th annual Wing Ding convention in Madison this week at the Alliant Energy Center. 

Madison police will close streets along the route from about 8:30 to 9 a.m. to accommodate the cyclists and cross-traffic will not be allowed, organizers said.

The scheduled motorcycle route will have bikers travel:

  • South on North Sherman Avenue
  • Left on Schlimgen Avenue
  • Right on Packers Avenue
  • Left on First Street
  • Right on inbound East Washington Avenue
  • Left on Blair Street
  • Continue on outbound John Nolen Drive
  • Right into Alliant Energy Center--John Nolen Drive entrance

The city said motorists are advised to plan for extra travel time during the road closures.

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association and the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau are organizing the parade. 

It won't cause any road closures, but another special Wing Ding event, the Light Parade, will take place Friday night at the Alliant Energy Center at 9:30 p.m. Organizers said the Light Parade is a display of customized Gold Wing motorcycles lined with lights. The event is free and open to the public at the Alliant Energy Center. 

Wing Ding brings thousands of visitors from all around the world, and an estimated $3.5 million to the local economy.

"It’s a very large wonderful extended family and social organization," said Ray Garris, with the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. "We don’t just ride, we have fun all year."

Wing Ding features exhibits, entertainment and prizes, in addition to the parade.

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