Bikers roll into Daytona Beach as Biketoberfest 2021 kicks into gear

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Thousands of bikers are packing Main Street in Daytona Beach for its annual Biketoberfest rally.

This year’s rally officially started Thursday with none of the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place last year.


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“So far so good,” Biker Shirely Hill said. “We love what we are seeing. Everybody is very friendly and it’s been a good experience.”

The City of Daytona Beach did not issue permits for outside vendors last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. THey even restricted capacity inside certain venues during Bike Week in March.

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However, this time around, things are in full throttle.

“I feel like with everything being open today, it’s already better than some of the weekend days last year,” Biker James Black said.

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The four-day rally is expected to bring more than 125,000 bikers to the area.

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