For more than two decades, thousands of African American motorcyclists have traveled across the nation to South Carolina , to attend the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest. On the last weekend in May every year, the low hum of customized choppers with high-handle bars and the high-pitched revs of neon-painted street bikes have sounded out on Ocean Boulevard. The Bikefest, however, was different. Ocean Boulevard, a two-lane commercial strip running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, was partially closed. Hundreds of police officers enforced a one-way traffic pattern that clogged streets for miles and forced motorcyclists to idle in gridlock for hours.
Black Bike Week sees thousands gather to party at annual motorcycle rally in South Carolina
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It is also sometimes called Black Fill-in-the-Blank Week , because it has evolved to attract many non-motorcycling visitors who come for music, socializing and enjoying the beach. Called a "one-of-a-kind event" and "an exhibitionist's paradise" by Jeffrey Gettleman , Black Bike Week is "all about riding, styling and profiling," in the words of Mayor Irene Armstrong of Atlantic Beach, South Carolina. It is the largest African American motorcycle rally in the US. The city of Myrtle Beach has used new ordinances to push the and motorcycle events, both black and white, out of the city, where they have been welcomed by other municipalities and businesses, and bikers still came in spite of the official efforts to discourage them. Like the South Carolina event, the Daytona rally also has its origins in racial segregation, when blacks created their own parallel event after being excluded from the main white festival.
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Most say the Black Bike Week was the best, ever, but then that is what is said every year after the week in which both South Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle beach was packed, and every biker had a ball. This is the time of the year when the strip is crazy busy and packed until 5 am, clubs are packed, and every single one has a fabulous time. There is no doubt that Black Bike Week is growing year after year and more people come to enjoy the no haters, no noise ordinances and no helmet laws, to be more precise well over , hits the Myrtle Beach area for partying and non-stop fun that lasts for four days. Called Atlantic Beach Bikefest or Black Bikers Week this annual rally that takes place at Myrtle Beach keeps evolving and attracts thousands of both motorcycling and non-motorcycling visitors to a week of socialising, having fun on the beach and enjoying the music.
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