Fans go hog wild for Harley anniversary

Thousands lined a parade route Saturday as Harley-Davidson riders from around the world revved their engines, waved flags and threw candy to the crowd for the iconic motorcycle company's 105th anniversary.

About 7,500 motorcycles growled along the 41/2-mile route by Lake Michigan.

Vannettsa Valentine of Milwaukee watched the parade and slapped hands with many bikers. “I've lost count of where they all come from,” she said. “I wanted to welcome them to Milwaukee.”

More than 100,000 people were expected in Milwaukee for the celebration, which included activities at the new Harley-Davidson Museum and a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Harley-Davidson spokesman Jerry Gleason said the riders were randomly selected from people who bought tickets before December.

Riders came from overseas as well as the U.S., many festooning their bikes with their home countries' flags. Others wore costumes, including Batman. The 158 police and sheriff's troopers participating included officers from as far away as Italy.