Motorcycle Parade

By Marc Strauss

August 21, 2010 Updated Aug 21, 2010 at 7:53 PM CDT

Hundreds of motorcycles roared through Peoria Saturday morning and the riders were all driven by a good cause.

The annual Motorcycle Parade For Charity began at the Peoria Motorcycle Club and finished on the Peoria riverfront. The ride is one of the highlights of Grand National weekend and raises money for The Downed Riders Association.

"All you've got to do is look around. Everybody gets together and comes out, it's for a great cause. Nothing better," said rider Angie Hammond.

"I thought it would be something fun to do and help people become more aware of bikes out on the road. Its almost like a public relations type of thing," said Mark Carle, who also rode in Saturday's parade.

The Downed Riders Association helps pay medical expenses for professional motorcycle riders who've been injured while performing.