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Rain closes Veterans Park Sunday, Harley-Davidson parade still on

Posted at 11:37 AM, Sep 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-02 23:32:07-04

MILWAUKEE -- Though Veterans Park is closed to the public due to heavy rains over the last week, Sunday's planned Harley-Davidson 115th anniversary parade will continue as normal, officials said.

The parade will follow the planned route through downtown Milwaukee and along Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Parade riders may continue north on Lincoln Memorial Dr. and bypass Veterans Park at the end of the route, organizers say.

"If they choose to do so, parade riders may park, pick up their HOG 35th Anniversary pins and access limited food & beverage services as well as restrooms at Veteran’s Park from 1 to 4 p.m," a company spokesperson said.

All other activities at Veterans Park will not be available due to the condition of the grounds.

"This land can only hold so much water, because we're right here on the waterfront," Jesse James Dupree said, one of the Harley-Davidson event organizers at Veterans Park.

During a time when the area was supposed to be filled with bikers from across the world, workers were packing up and riders who didn't know about the closing had to be turned around.

“Yes, it's a bunch of rain and I know the city doesn't want the park torn up too much so I can sympathize with the city," Larry Allen from Memphis said.

Visitors aren't letting the wet ground to dampen their spirits.

"Just a minor incident, you just have to roll with the flow," Linda Schultz said.

Get more information on the parade here.