Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Direct: (515) 699-3433
Cell: (515) 491-9350
DES MOINES, IA - The country's largest motorcycle parade, known as The Grand Parade, featuring Honda Gold Wing and Valkyrie motorcycles will take place in Greater Des Moines on Friday, July 2. A second parade, known as the Wing Ding Light Parade, also featuring Honda Gold Wing and Valkyrie motorcycles, will take place after dark on Thursday, July 1.
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association's (GWRRA) Wing Ding 32 Light Parade begins Thursday, July 1 at 9:30 p.m. About 100 motorcycles will be lit up with neon lights and roll through Historic Valley Junction. Locals are encouraged to attend and see the light show.
The Grand Parade
On Friday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. about 800 motorcycles will begin a journey from the Polk County Convention Complex downtown, through 13 neighborhood associations and end at the Urbandale High School. The parade is expected to conclude at 7 p.m. Some GWRRA motorcyclists will perform an on-bike drill team performance outside of Urbandale High School immediately following the parade.
Locals are encouraged to be alert and watch for the motorcyclists throughout the parade routes. They're also asked to attend. Free, printable signs to wave at the parades are available at www.www.catchdesmoines.com/WingDing.
Parade routes and directions are viewable here: http://www.www.catchdesmoines.com/conventions/greater_des_moines_locals.php.
**Media: Photographs and liveshots are welcome along the route. Please call Tiffany Tauscheck at (515) 491-9350 to determine the best time/place to set up for the shots you'd prefer.
Wing Ding 32 Overview
GWRRA's Wing Ding 32 is expected to bring 11,000 to 14,000 attendees into Greater Des Moines for the event which runs June 30-July 3, 2010. This is the first time Greater Des Moines is hosting Wing Ding.
About Gold Wing Road Riders Association
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is the world's largest single-marquee social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles. Founded in 1977, GWRRA has grown to more than 80,000 U.S., Canadian and international members in 53 foreign countries in just 32 years. Over 800 active Chapters are managed by 4,000 volunteer leaders working with members to foster safe, enjoyable riding while also working to improve the public image of motorcycling.